Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Head and Shoulders of a Stooping Woman

c.1799–1805

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 436 x 271 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04951
Turner Bequest LXXXI 49

Catalogue entry

This fragmentary sketch is probably the beginning of a study of a female nude, perhaps intended for inclusion in one of the ‘Holy Family’ subjects that Turner was trying out in this book; see folios 17 verso, 18 recto, 31 verso and 33 recto (D04935, D04936, D04962, D04965; Turner Bequest LXXXI 34, 35, 60, 63). There is another drawing of someone looking down on folio 25 recto (D04949; Turner Bequest LXXXI 47).
Technical notes:
There is offsetting from folio 25 verso opposite (D04950; Turner Bequest LXXXI 48).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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