Joseph Mallord William Turner

Half-length Écorché Figure

?1789–90

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 306 x 243 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00125
Turner Bequest X B

Catalogue entry

This flayed torso is posed in contrapposto, the arms as though holding a staff. It is more crudely drawn, and thus probably earlier in date, than the single other écorché figure in the Bequest (Tate D00124; Turner Bequest X A).
Technical notes:
The support is corrected white laid writing paper, with a rectangular piece cut from the lower right edge.
Verso:
Blank, apart from some grey and black washes (from another drawing?); stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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