Joseph Mallord William TurnerStudy of a Seated Figure in Armour 1792

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Artist
Title
Study of a Seated Figure in Armour
Date 1792
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 136 x 96 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00189
Turner Bequest XVII N
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Study of a Seated Figure in Armour 1792
D00189
Turner Bequest XVII N
Pencil on white laid card, 136 x 96 mm
Stamped in black ‘XVII N’ top right, ascending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
As Finberg surmised, this drawing is for the figure of Don Quixote in Turner’s grey wash drawing of Don Quixote and the Enchanted Barque (illustrating Book II, chapter 29 of Cervantes’ novel) which, with a study for the composition, is in a private collection.1 See also verso (D40230).

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

1
See Anne Lyles, Young Turner: Early Work to 1800: Watercolours and Drawings from the Turner Bequest 1787–1800, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1989, pp.23–4 nos.7, 8, reproduced.

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