Joseph Mallord William Turner

Girls’ Heads

1798

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 135 x 95 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01464
Turner Bequest XL 2 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, these three slight studies in pen and blue-grey ink are evidently from three different girls, as the hair of each is arranged in a distinctive way. The subjects are also of different ages. They may be members of the circle of the Narraways at Bristol, with whom Turner stayed before setting out on this tour.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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