Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Female Nude with Raised Arms

c.1798–9

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Dimensions
Support: 216 x 140 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01819
Turner Bequest XLIII 3 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the model here is evidently posed as the mythical princess Andromeda chained to the rock. She is seen again in the same position, but drawn from a slightly different angle, in folio 4 recto (D01820; Turner Bequest XLIII 4).
This is one of a sequence of life studies between folios 1 recto and 14 recto (D01816–D01826, D01828, D01829; Turner Bequest XLIII 2, 3, 3a, 4–7, 1, 8–10, 12, 13).
Technical notes:
The page has faded from exposure.
Verso:
Blank, prepared with a red-brown ground; inscribed in pencil, ‘XLIII, 3, a’.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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