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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Fallen Horseman and Other Figures in a Landscape 1799

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 79 Recto:
A Fallen Horseman and Other Figures in a Landscape 1799
Turner Bequest XLVI 79
Ink on white wove paper prepared with a grey ground, 79 x 130 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘79’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘XLVI – 79’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
A group of a horse and dead rider occurs in the painting The Fifth Plague of Egypt (Indianapolis Museum of Art)1 for which this is probably a study, made with the page turned horizontally; see comments on the drawings on folios 59 verso and 60 recto (D02088–D02089). The grand historical subject marked a new departure for Turner, who showed it at the Royal Academy in 1800 together with his watercolour view of Caernarvon Castle, North Wales (Tate D04164; Turner Bequest LXX M)2 and the oil painting of Dolbadarn Castle, North Wales (Royal Academy of Arts, London),3 for both of which there are studies in this sketchbook.
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.10–12 no.13, pl.10 (colour).
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.329 no.263, pl.52.
Butlin and Joll 1984, pp.9–10 no.12, pl.7 (colour).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘A Fallen Horseman and Other Figures in a Landscape 1799 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-fallen-horseman-and-other-figures-in-a-landscape-r1179973, accessed 05 April 2020.