Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study of the Head of a Woman in a Ruched Cap

1791

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 185 x 263 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00073
Turner Bequest VI 2

Catalogue entry

The drawing is inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation. A second sketch on this page, apparently showing a building and trees, has been obliterated. Another study of a woman in a ruched cap, in the Marford Mill sketchbook (Tate D00310; Turner Bequest XX 35), has been thought to show Turner’s mother. This one is more likely to be the portrait of a member of the Narraway family, with whom Turner was staying in Bristol when this sketchbook was in use. A drawing in a private collection, also traditionally identified as Turner’s mother, may also in fact show, as Wilton has suggested,1 another member of the Narraway family; most likely a man, and possibly Mr Narraway himself.
1
Andrew Wilton, Turner in His Time, p.22, fig.21.
Verso:
Blank; stains of grey colour, transferred from folio 3 recto (D00074), probably at the time of the 1928 flood; stamped in black ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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