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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Two Turkeys ?1799

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 6 Recto:
Two Turkeys ?1799
Turner Bequest XLII 11
Pen and ink, watercolour, gouache and pencil on buff laid paper, 125 x 174 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘11’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘XLII – 11’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Working with the page turned horizontally and combining brushwork in brown ink, red watercolour, some gouache and a little pencil, it is possible that Turner noted these turkeys in 1799, at the same time as the swans he studied on folios 7 verso and 8 recto (D01689–D01690; Turner Bequest XLII 14, 15); he juxtaposed studies of turkeys and swans in his contemporary Salisbury sketchbook (Tate D02244–D02246; Turner Bequest XLIX 2, 3, 4).

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Two Turkeys ?1799 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-two-turkeys-r1173882, accessed 27 January 2022.