Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study of the Vatican Meleager

?1792

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk and gouache on paper
Dimensions
Support: 416 x 256 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00062
Turner Bequest V I

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Turner began his formal artistic education in 1789 when, at the age of fourteen, he became a student at the Royal Academy schools. All students were required to spend at least the first three years drawing from plaster casts of famous classical statues. They were then
allowed to graduate to the Life Class.

 

This is one of the studies Turner made during his time at the Plaster Academy. It was drawn from a cast of a marble statue in the Vatican. Meleager was a Greek hero and a member of the crew of
Jason's famous ship, the Argo.

 

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

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