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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Two Seated Women c.1816-19

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 78 Recto:
Two Seated Women circa 1816–19
Turner Bequest CXL 70
Pencil on white wove paper, 155 x 95 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘70’ top left and ‘339’top right, running vertically
Stamped in black ‘CXL 70’ top right, running vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
These figures seem to be variants of that on folio 72 recto of the sketchbook (D10536; Turner Bequest CXL 65), and thus related to a seated figure lower left of centre in the Decline of the Carthaginian Empire (Tate N00499)1 exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1817. There are various drawings and drafts of verse connected with the picture in this sketchbook; see notes to folio 4 (D10416).

David Blayney Brown
July 2011

Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed. 1984, pp.100–1 no.135 (pl.137).

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Two Seated Women c.1816–19 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 2011, 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-seated-women-r1131542, accessed 11 December 2019.