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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Two Women, Standing and Seated, Possibly at Cowes; a Procession or Group of Figures, Possibly in a London Hall or Church 1827

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 6 Verso:
Two Women, Standing and Seated, Possibly at Cowes; a Procession or Group of Figures, Possibly in a London Hall or Church 1827
D18001
Turner Bequest CCVII 6a
Pencil on white wove paper, 74 x 100 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Red stripe | [?one side]’ towards top left, and ‘Red Scarfs’ towards top right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The women on the left are perhaps shown conversing outdoors, given their bonnets. They may have been observed at Cowes; compare those on folio 40 recto (D18066). For more on studies in this sketchbook relating to the regatta events there from late July 1827 onwards, see the sketchbook Introduction. The word or words in the second line beside the standing figure are open to interpretation.
Perhaps less likely, the women may be involved in the scene on folio 7 recto (D18002), where there are similar colour notes; towards the gutter on the present page is the base and lower section of a large column continued from the scene opposite, under which the potential subject is discussed.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Two Women, Standing and Seated, Possibly at Cowes; a Procession or Group of Figures, Possibly in a London Hall or Church 1827 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, December 2014, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-two-women-standing-and-seated-possibly-at-cowes-a-procession-r1183489, accessed 28 October 2021.