Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Supine Male Nude, Seen Foreshortened

c.1799–1805

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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
D04924
Turner Bequest LXXXI 23

Catalogue entry

Made with the page turned horizontally, this is a slight outline study of the same figure as on folio 11 recto (D04922; Turner Bequest LXXXI 21); and see also folio 16 recto (D04932; Turner Bequest LXXXI 31). Turner may have derived the idea of this pose from a similar figure in a painting by Richard Wilson (1713–1782), The Destruction of the Children of Niobe (Yale Center for British Art, New Haven), exhibited at the Society of Artists in 1760. It was well–known through an engraving by William Woollett, published by John Boydell in 1761.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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