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J.M.W. Turner. 1775-1851.

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The Woman and the Tambourine. c. 1806-07. Published by J.M.W. Turner, ?11 June 1807. Etching and mezzotint. Finberg 3.iii/iv. Series: Liber Studiorum. 8 1/4 x 11 1/2 (sheet 11 5/8 x 17 1/4). Drawn and etched by J.M.W Turner. Engraved (mezzotinted) by C. Turner C. Turner (Charles Turner. 1773-1857). A richly-inked impression printed in sepia ink on off-white wove paper on the full sheet with deckle edges. With the blindstamp of the 1873 Turner collection sale at Christie's, in the plate just before the text 'Engraved by C. Turner'. Signed with the artists' names in the plate. $550.

It is the first of eleven published Liber subjects in Turner's 'EP'('Elevated Pastoral' or 'Epic Pastoral') category, as denoted by the letters 'E P' above the image.

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"Turner's design, the first to be published in the Liber Studiorum's 'EP' category (likely to indicate 'Elevated Pastoral'– see general Liber introduction), has been related to his large oil sketch Trees beside the River, with Bridge in the Middle Distance (Tate N02692).1 This in turn derives closely from two pen and wash drawings in the Studies for Pictures: Isleworth sketchbook of 1805 (Tate D05577, D05579; Turner Bequest XC 55, 56). There is a loose correspondence between the right-hand sides of these and the present work. The composition has affinities with several of Richard Earlom's Liber Veritatis prints after Claude Lorrain (see general Liber introduction) including nos.8 (Landscape with Peasants Crossing a Ford),2 22 (Landscape with River and a Peasant Milking a Goat),3 38 (Landscape with the Rest on the Flight into Egypt),4 79 (Pastoral Landscape)5 and 170 (Landscape with Apollo and Mercury) 6; and, from an 1802 print in Earlom's secondary 1802-17 series, no.41.7'

For the full discussion by David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, please visit Tate.

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