Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Seated Woman Listening

c.1799–1802

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Ink and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 210 x 135 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04013
Turner Bequest LXIX 19

Catalogue entry

Although there is a strong possibility that this figure is copied from a work by another artist, perhaps a print after an Italian Renaissance composition, it seems to have been conceived as a member of the group of listeners round the harp-playing Bard sketched on folio 18 recto (D04012) and inside the back cover (D04101; Turner Bequest LXIX 87). In the latter drawing the figure in question is immediately to the right of the group of dancers; on D04012 the figure, just to the left of the dancers, has been obliterated by smudging. The technique of this drawing has features in common with that on folios 20 recto, 21 recto and 22 recto (D04014–D04016); these all seem to relate to a different subject.
Technical notes:
There is a blue colour trial at the outer edge.
Verso:
Blank

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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