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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Group of Figures in Front of a Church; Figures with a Horse and Cart in Front of a Bridge; Female Figure with Pots, Urns, Jugs, Etc 1839

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 2 Recto:
Group of Figures in Front of a Church; Figures with a Horse and Cart in Front of a Bridge; Female Figure with Pots, Urns, Jugs, Etc. 1839
D28169
Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 2
Pencil on cream laid writing paper, 168 x 101 mm
Inscribed by Turner ‘Ho St Ronsard’ | ‘Women mixing up Coal and Earth’ | ‘White ware Blue’; ‘White Light Jacket Fan tail’; ‘Red Pot BA’; ‘Black [?Italy]’
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘2’ bottom right
Stamped in black ink ‘CCLXXXVIII–2’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
At the upper register Turner has sketched a workaday scene with figures in front of a church, annotated ‘Ho St Ronsard’ above. From another of Turner’s inscriptions, the seated woman pictured appears to be ‘mixing up Coal and Earth’ before a standing figure. Running across the middle register and extending onto the folio opposite (Tate D28168; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 1a), are two figures with a horse and cart positioned before a picturesque view of a river valley and bridge. The final sketch shows woman with her back turned to the viewer; she stands beside a collection of pots, urns, and jugs of various sizes. Turner has inscribed notes on the colour and style of her regional dress and the pottery that surrounds her: for example, ‘White Light Jacket Fan tail’ and ‘White Ware’ with ‘Blue’.

Alice Rylance-Watson
May 2013

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Group of Figures in Front of a Church; Figures with a Horse and Cart in Front of a Bridge; Female Figure with Pots, Urns, Jugs, Etc 1839 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, November 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-group-of-figures-in-front-of-a-church-figures-with-a-horse-r1150446, accessed 28 February 2021.