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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Figures Including Children ?on a Beach c.1826-40

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Figures Including Children ?on a Beach c.1826–40
D24933
Chalk and gouache on blue wove paper, 140 x 188 mm
Inscribed in red ink ‘97’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLX 97’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This slight study shows a group including apparently including a man stooping to address a girl in a short cape echoing the one worn by the woman beside her. They may have been observed at the seaside (see the Introduction for other examples of such recreational scenes), although the drawing is slight and the significance of the object or structure to the left of the figures is not immediately clear.
There is a related subject on the verso (D41491; Turner Bequest CCLX 97v).

Matthew Imms
December 2015

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Figures Including Children ?on a Beach c.1826–40 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, December 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-figures-including-children-on-a-beach-r1182585, accessed 13 April 2024.