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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Group of Figures c.1810

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 15 Recto:
A Group of Figures circa 1810
Turner Bequest CCX a 13
Pencil on white laid writing paper, 115 x 187 mm
Part watermark ‘pps
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘13’ bottom right (now very faint)
Stamped in black ‘CCX(a) – 13’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
As discussed in the introduction, most of the drawings in this book are rapid figure studies, many of which are explicitly erotic; others may be similar in intent, but are difficult to make out, and may be of classical or biblical subjects. Here there appear to be three or four figures standing in a group. The one leaning in may be male, and the general forms suggest musculature implying some degree of undress.

Matthew Imms
January 2012

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘A Group of Figures c.1810 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2012, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, February 2017, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-group-of-figures-r1184365, accessed 03 December 2020.