Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Partly Draped Seated Woman, with her Hands Folded

c.1833

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 236 x 157 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D33969
Turner Bequest CCCXLI 254

Catalogue entry

Ian Warrell has described this drawing, Tate D33939, D33940 and D33941 (Turner Bequest CCCXLI 228, 229, 230) as ‘Four pencil studies of models’, dating them to about 1833, when Turner visited central Europe and Venice, both on the basis of the paper being similar to sheets used then for topographical views; he also observes that the arrangement of the model’s hair ‘recalls the Italian fashions’ of that period.1
It seems likely that three of them show the same woman, although it is unclear whether the figure seen from the back in D33941 is male or female. Here the woman sits with her hands apparently folded below her exposed breasts, perhaps in the act of removing or replacing her clothing.
1
Warrell 2003, p.25.
Verso:
Blank; slight staining, possibly water damage from the 1928 Tate Gallery flood. Inscribed in pencil ‘241 | O’ and ‘254’ top right, ascending vertically.

Matthew Imms
September 2016

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