Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Male Nude Seated Cross-legged on Rocks, with His Chin in his Hand; a Study of an Arm and Hand


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Chalk on paper
Support: 565 x 420 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XVIII J

Catalogue entry

The formulas for foliage seen here in the lower right of the design correspond closely to those adopted by Turner in his landscape drawings and watercolours of the early 1790s. They derive from the style of P.J. de Loutherbourg (1740–1812). The inscription appears to be a monogram, and may be an early experiment with Turner’s four initials. Compare the monograms on Tate D00198 and D00203 (Turner Bequest XVIII C, H).
Technical notes:
A large hole at the upper left has been restored. Bower relates this sheet to the possibly French paper used in D00064 (Turner Bequest V L).
Laid down; Ian Warrell has noted an offset from Tate D00201 (Turner Bequest XVIII F).

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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