Joseph Mallord William Turner

Five Sketches of a Man’s Face in Profile to Left

1805

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 x 184 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05464
Turner Bequest LXXXIX 16

Catalogue entry

Unfortunately the subject is unidentified. Presumably Turner drew this man from life when visiting the Victory and intended to include him in his Battle of Trafalgar, as Seen from the Mizen Starboard Shrouds of the Victory (Tate N00480;1 see Introduction to the sketchbook for the picture and related works). He may be one of the men described on folio 12 (D05462; Turner Bequest LXXXIX 14), since that leaf was known to Finberg as folio 14 and the present one as folio 16 – tantalisingly close. For a similar portrait sketch, see folio 27 (D05470; Turner Bequest LXXXIX 20).
1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.46 no.58 (pl.68).
Verso:
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David Blayney Brown
March 2006

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