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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner ?Men and Women with a Child on a Beach c.1826-40

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
?Men and Women with a Child on a Beach c.1826–40
D25059
Turner Bequest CCLXI 87
Gouache and pencil on blue wove paper, 144 x 192 mm
Inscribed in red ink ‘87’ bottom right (now faint)
Stamped in black ‘CCLXI 87’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This faint drawing, unusual among Turner’s blue paper studies in being largely in pencil, seems to be a scene of recreational visitors to a beach (see the Introduction for other examples), with women in bonnets and a man in a tall hat. Another figure stoops, possibly to attend to a small child. Beyond is the profile of a low cliff or perhaps sand dunes.
There is a pencil drawing of a ship on the verso (D40112).

Matthew Imms
December 2015

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘?Men and Women with a Child 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-men-and-women-with-a-child-on-a-beach-r1182596, accessed 24 April 2024.