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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Good Samaritan, after a Rembrandt Follower 1802

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 59 Verso:
The Good Samaritan, after a Rembrandt Follower 1802
D04352
Turner Bequest LXXII 59a
Pencil, with some scratching out, on white wove paper prepared with a dark reddish brown wash, 114 x 128 mm
Stamped in black ‘LXXII–59a’ bottom right, ascending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner turned the sketchbook to landscape format to make this drawing. His remarks on the picture were made on folio 60 (D04353). With the Susanna drawn on folio 61 (D04355), the picture is no longer accepted as Rembrandt’s (Rembrandt van Rijn 1606–69) own work; while Bachrach considers Turner ‘brashly dealt with’ these pictures, Kitson found it ‘comforting’ that Turner commented on them only briefly compared to his more rigorous analysis of the autograph Archangel Raphael Leaving Tobit and his Family on folio 60 verso (D04354), though in fact his notes on the Samaritan, also autograph, are of similar length.

David Blayney Brown
July 2005

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘The Good Samaritan, after a Rembrandt Follower 1802 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 2005, 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-the-good-samaritan-after-a-rembrandt-follower-r1129761, accessed 29 May 2020.