Joseph Mallord William TurnerA Cusped Motif from a Frieze; a Face in Profile ?1797

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Title
A Cusped Motif from a Frieze; a Face in Profile
Date ?1797
MediumWatercolour on paper
Dimensionssupport: 174 x 248 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40336
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
A Cusped Motif from a Frieze; a Face in Profile ?1797
D40336
Pencil on white wove paper, 174 x 248 mm
Inscribed by Turner in brush and grey colour ‘67’ centre
Stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram towards bottom right
Inscribed in red ink ‘XXXI B’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The cusped motif is traced from one of a frieze of similar motifs, apparently offset from another surface. There is also a slight sketch of a face in profile, apparently by an amateur hand and inverted relative to the prominent ‘67’.
The recto is D00844 (Turner Bequest XXXI B).

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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