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The model takes up the classic pose of the executioner in pictures of, for example, the Beheading of St John the Baptist. See note to Tate D00204 (Turner Bequest XVIII I).
The sheet is irregular, with a red colour trial at the right. There is an offset of this drawing on Tate D00722 (Turner Bequest XXIX Q).
The verso is D40234.