Joseph Mallord William Turner

Head of a Bearded Man Looking to the Left

?1796–7

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 242 x 174 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00722
Turner Bequest XXIX Q

Catalogue entry

This is presumably the head of Christ, and taken from a print after an Italian sixteenth-century painter. There is a slight study of the same head in pencil, lower right, evidently done to establish the general structure of the head. Finberg listed the sheet among miscellaneous drawings of about 1796. Compare another head apparently of Christ, in pencil (Tate D41450; Turner Bequest CCCLXXIX 3v).
The sheet is torn.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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