Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Half-Length Figure in Armour, Possibly from a Painting

c.1829–30

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 89 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D22463
Turner Bequest CCXLI 1

Catalogue entry

This rather faint, slight sketch is difficult to make out, but does appear to how a man in armour, as Finberg suggested.1 There seem to be a hanging or curtain at the left and shadows beyond the figure to the right. The horizontal line about a fifth of the way up from the bottom of the page frames the image, and may indicate that Turner was copying an existing source such as a painting or engraving.
1
Finberg 1909, II, p.741.
Technical notes:
The page is somewhat stained by proximity to the leather overlaps from the front cover and the acidic board under the front pastedown opposite (D41105).

Matthew Imms
May 2014

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