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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Group of Figures c.1827

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 5 Verso:
A Group of Figures c.1827
Turner Bequest CCXXVII 5v
Pencil on white wove paper, 110 x 185 mm
Partial watermark ‘J & R A | 18’
Inscribed by ?John Ruskin in red ink ‘991’ top right, upside down
Inscribed in pencil ‘991’ towards bottom left, upside down
Inscribed in pencil ‘CCXXVII . 5a’ bottom right
This sketch was not recorded in Finberg’s 1909 Inventory.1 There are four of five figures, probably male, gathered around while one of them seems to bend or stoop; they are possibly engaged in some form of outdoor game.
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Technical notes:
The numbers and dark marks at the corners of the leaf indicate that the leaf was extracted and mounted in order to display the watercolour landscape on the recto (D20741) at some stage, although no exhibition history is recorded.

Matthew Imms
November 2015

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘A Group of Figures c.1827 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, November 2015, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-group-of-figures-r1182609, accessed 24 May 2024.