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
D02114
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.
1
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).
2
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.329 no.263, pl.52.
3
Butlin and Joll 1984, pp.9–10 no.12, pl.7 (colour).
Verso:
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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.