Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Bearded Friar Holding a Staff

c.1796–7

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk, graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 278 x 238 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00719
Turner Bequest XXIX N

Catalogue entry

Although it is possible that this drawing was copied from a print or some other source, it seems to be an invention, albeit somewhat wooden, of the artist himself. Finberg gave it the title ‘An Aged Beggar’.
The verso is D40247.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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