Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Prone Female Nude

c.1799–1800

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Medium
Ink and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 135 x 210 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04018
Turner Bequest LXIX 24

Catalogue entry

Made with the page turned horizontally, this is an unfinished study; a more complete drawing of the same figure is on the next page, folio 25 recto (D04019). It seems to have been used in the Biblical painting The Fifth Plague of Egypt, exhibited in 1800 (Indianapolis Museum of Art).1
1
Butlin and Joll 1984, pp.10–12 no.13, pl.10 (colour).
Verso:
Blank; slight offset from folio 25 recto opposite (D04019).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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