Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study of a Supine Male Nude with Raised Right Leg

c.1799–1800

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 271 x 436 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04926
Turner Bequest LXXXI 25

Catalogue entry

Turner used this horizontal pose in a figure in the foreground of his painting The Fifth Plague of Egypt, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1800 (Indianapolis Museum of Art).1 With that purpose in mind he may have used this drawing to adapt a study of the model in a similar position made apparently at a Royal Academy Life Class (Tate D00206; Turner Bequest XVIII K).
1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.10–11 no.13, pl.10 (colour).
Technical notes:
The page is faded from exposure. The same number, ‘222’, is inscribed on folio 16 recto (D04932; Turner Bequest LXXXI 31), which was also extracted for exhibition.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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