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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Studies of Figures; and a View at ?Capua 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Inside Back Cover:
Studies of Figures; and a View at ?Capua 1819
Turner Bequest
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘Via St Isodora \ No.43 / 13 P’ top left and ‘1. 3p for [?Dinner]’ top centre, and ‘Red B’, ‘Red’, Red Yelow’ and ‘Blue’ within sketch of woman. Also ‘br’, ‘W’, ‘Ylw B’, ‘Shaft’ and ‘Bla’ either side sketch of figure bottom left, parallel with left-hand edge, and ‘Red’, ‘B’, [?Red]’ and ‘Bl’ to right of sketch centre left, parallel with left-hand edge. Also ‘[?Capua]’ below sketch bottom right, inverted
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner has used the inside back cover of this sketchbook for several studies of figures in Italian dress, in particular a couple of contadine, or peasant women in their colourful costumes with the distinctive headdresses of folded cloth. For a more detailed discussion see the Ancona to Rome sketchbook (Tate D14653; Turner Bequest CLXXVII 1). There is also an inverted landscape view which is identified through the artist’s inscription as a view of Capua, a town on the Via Appia, north of Naples.
Back Cover

Nicola Moorby
September 2010

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Studies of Figures; and a View at ?Capua 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2010, 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-studies-of-figures-and-a-view-at-capua-r1138013, accessed 07 December 2021.