Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Partially Draped Figure

c.1789

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 249 x 160 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00032
Turner Bequest II 17 a

Catalogue entry

A slight sketch. Other rapid figure studies in the book, on folios 5 recto and 20 verso (D00015, D00036), may show the same figure. It is perhaps a heroic warrior, but, such is the paucity of specific detail, might equally be St John the Baptist, or an ascending soul in a Last Judgement (see Tate D00196; Turner Bequest XVIII A).

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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