J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

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Joseph Mallord William Turner A Cow c.1801

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 10 Recto:
A Cow c.1801
Turner Bequest LXII 10
Pencil and watercolour on white laid paper, 117 x 184 mm
Partial watermark: emblem
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘10’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘LXII 10’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll suggest that this drawing, together with that on folio 13 recto (D03734), was used as a source for one of the cows in the painting Sketch of a Bank, with Gipsies, probably shown at Turner’s gallery in 1809 (Tate N00467).1
For a general discussion of the cattle which form the exclusive subject of this sketchbook, see the Introduction.
Butlin and Joll 1984, p.62 no.82, pl.92.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘A Cow c.1801 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-cow-r1178337, accessed 21 July 2019.