Joseph Mallord William Turner Study of the Bacchus of Sansovino ?1791

Artwork details

Study of the Bacchus of Sansovino
Date ?1791
Medium Chalk, gouache and graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 457 x 314 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest V N
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Catalogue entry

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