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The study on this sheet of the head of a youth seen three-quarters from behind was possibly made during one of the Academy’s Life Classes; as perhaps was the study of two hands, which might however have been copied from a print. It seems likely that this study records a fellow student at the Academy Schools, observed while drawing from the nude model. The hands may be those of the model.
The paper, unusual for Turner, is however consistent with the papers he used for drawing in the Schools.
Blank; inscribed in red chalk ‘15’; stamped with Turner Bequest monogram.