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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Warriors Clambering over Rocks 1798

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 6 Verso:
Warriors Clambering over Rocks 1798
Turner Bequest XL 6a
Pencil and pen and ink on white wove paper, 95 x 135 mm
Watermark ‘1794 | J Whatman
Inscribed in red ink ‘87’ top right, ascending vertically
Stamped in black ‘XL – 6 a’ top left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
These energetic studies are executed in black ink applied mostly with a brush, though with some pen; compare the drawings on folio 13 recto (D01484). A mountain is sketched in pencil – possibly part of the same conception, but perhaps a note from nature made in the course of the 1798 tour. Made with the pages turned horizontally, the studies are spread over this and folio 7 recto opposite (D01473). The likelihood is that they represent ideas for an historical composition, probably the subject sketched on folio 69 recto (D01576; Turner Bequest XL 67), tentatively identified as ‘Hannibal showing his Army the fertile Plains of Italy’. But it is possible that they are copied from details of a painting by, say, Salvator Rosa (1615–1673).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Warriors Clambering over Rocks 1798 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 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-warriors-clambering-over-rocks-r1173708, accessed 30 October 2020.