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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Commentary on 'The Good Samaritan' by a Rembrandt Follower (Inscription by Turner) 1802

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 60 Recto:
Commentary on ‘The Good Samaritan’ by a Rembrandt Follower (Inscription by Turner) 1802
Turner Bequest LXXII 60
Inscribed by Turner in black ink (see main catalogue entry) on white wove paper prepared with a reddish grey wash, 128 x 114 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘60’ bottom left
Stamped in black ‘LXXII–60’ bottom left
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
For Turner’s drawing after this picture, no longer given to Rembrandt himself, and other pictures by or ascribed to the artist in the Louvre, see folio 59 verso of this sketchbook (D04352). Turner’s comments read:
The Good Samaritan at the Inn [Finberg: Iron] Door | is rather monotonous | ly painted upon a | brown (asphaltum) ground which pervades | through the Sky. The lights are spotty and | the Breadth lies [Finberg also suggested tells] in the half tone viz. upon the | wall, even the colouring of the figures are | of the same for the Samaritan only can be | seen colour’d in yellow and the Boys cap Red | the jacket gray. The man next stronger | and the | Traveller a dark brown and the Boy greenish and the woman with the l. cap – .

David Blayney Brown
July 2005

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Commentary on ‘The Good Samaritan’ by a Rembrandt Follower (Inscription by Turner) 1802 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 2005, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-commentary-on-the-good-samaritan-by-a-rembrandt-follower-r1129762, accessed 28 May 2022.