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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Studies of Peasants 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 30 Verso:
Studies of Peasants 1819
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 28 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘white’ to right of woman on left
Inscribed by ?John Ruskin in red ink ‘1290’ bottom left
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
In addition to the places and sites which he visited, Turner frequently made sketches of people observed during his travels, particularly those wearing native or local costumes. The figure studies on this page appear to represent a group of Italian peasants, three men and two women, in a rustic interior, perhaps an inn or hostel.

Nicola Moorby
July 2010

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Studies of Peasants 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 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-peasants-r1137891, accessed 26 February 2021.