Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Supine Male Nude, Seen Foreshortened

c.1799–1805

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 271 x 436 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04922
Turner Bequest LXXXI 21

Catalogue entry

Other academy studies in white chalk alone are on folios 6 recto and 7 recto (D04912, D04914; Turner Bequest LXXXI 11, 13). A more substantial drawing of the same figure is on folio 12 recto (D04924; Turner Bequest LXXXI 23), and another very similar is on folio 16 recto (D04932; Turner Bequest LXXXI 31). The pose may have been used for the painting The Destruction of Sodom, of about 1805 (Tate N00474);1 see under folio 3 recto (D04906; Turner Bequest LXXXI 5).
1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.44 no.56, pl.66.
Technical notes:
Much of the page, including the subject, is covered with large colour trials.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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