Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Supine Male Nude with One Leg Raised

c.1797–9

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Medium
Chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 298 x 460 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00206
Turner Bequest XVIII K

Catalogue entry

One of the most refined of the academy studies in the Bequest. This subject was modified in a study in the Calais Pier sketchbook, Tate D04926 (Turner Bequest LXXXI 25), for the painting of The Fifth Plague of Egypt, shown at the RA in 1800 (Indianapolis Museum of Art).1 There is an offset of this drawing on Tate D00059 (Turner Bequest V F).
1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.10–12 no.13, pl.10 (colour).
Technical notes:
Bower1 suggests that this is the half-sheet to Tate D00200 (Turner Bequest XVIII-E).
1
TS note in Tate catalogue files.
Verso:
Blank; the sheet has been laid down.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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