Joseph Mallord William TurnerStudy of the Bacchus of Sansovino ?1791

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Artist
Title
Study of the Bacchus of Sansovino
Date ?1791
MediumChalk, gouache and graphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 457 x 314 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00066
Turner Bequest V N
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Study of the Bacchus of Sansovino ?1791
D00066
Turner Bequest V N
Pencil with black and white chalks on laid grey-brown wrapping paper, 457 x 314 mm
Inscribed in red ink ‘V | <L>’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘V N’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Here, the two chalks have been used to create an unusually detailed study of the head of the figure. For another, more complete study of Jacopo Sansovino’s Bacchus (Bargello, Florence) see Tate D00065 (Turner Bequest V M).
The verso is D40217.
Technical notes:
The top right corner has been torn off, and the lower portion of the sheet cut away; there are several vertical tears at top and bottom of the sheet.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012