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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Two Figures 1831

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 32 Verso:
Two Figures 1831
Turner Bequest CCLXV 32a
Pencil on white wove paper, 96 x 59 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The two rough shapes scrawled on this page have been interpreted as two figures.1 With the book turned to the left the figures appear to be two men in cloaks or robes and hats. They are comparable in style and execution to figures on folios 26, 54 verso, 55 verso and 56 (D25688, D25740, D25742, D25443) who also wear cloaks or robes. For references to other figure sketches see folio 57; D25745).

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

Finberg 1909, II, p.852.

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Two Figures 1831 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2009, 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-two-figures-r1134064, accessed 05 December 2021.