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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Three Figure Studies 1805

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 138 Verso:
Three Figure Studies 1805
Turner Bequest XCVIII 138a
Pencil on white laid paper, 117 x 182 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Not noticed or numbered by Finberg, these three sketches may be connected with historical-mythological subjects drawn on the recto (D06361) and at the front of the sketchbook including Ascanius, folio 1 (D06180), Dido and Aeneas, folio 2 (D06182) or Ulysses and Nausicaa, folio 3 (D06183). Hill suggests the figures may represent a river god.
There are patches of brown wash on this leaf

David Blayney Brown
July 2008

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Three Figure Studies 1805 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 2008, 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-three-figure-studies-r1130546, accessed 28 May 2022.