Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Group of Figures

c.1810

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 115 x 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18494
Turner Bequest CCX a 13

Catalogue entry

As discussed in the introduction, most of the drawings in this book are rapid figure studies, many of which are explicitly erotic; others may be similar in intent, but are difficult to make out, and may be of classical or biblical subjects. Here there appear to be three or four figures standing in a group. The one leaning in may be male, and the general forms suggest musculature implying some degree of undress.
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Matthew Imms
January 2012

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