Joseph Mallord William Turner

Wooded ?River Landscapes; a Girl Washing and other Figures with a Telescope on a Seashore, Perhaps at Margate

c.1829–30

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 × 89 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D22529
Turner Bequest CCXLI 56 a

Catalogue entry

Across the top and middle of the page are two wooded landscapes, perhaps showing aspects of a river valley; these continue across folio 57 recto opposite (D22530). See the Introduction for similar drawings elsewhere in the sketchbook.
Below, inverted relative to the other two, is a slight but characterful sketch of figures on a beach, as indicated by Turner’s note of the tide. Like other such figures in the book, these were perhaps observed at Margate (see the Introduction).

Matthew Imms
May 2014

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