Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Head of a Woman in a Bonnet or Mob Cap

c.1830

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 110 x 68 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D22342
Turner Bequest CCXL 12 a

Catalogue entry

Andrew Wilton has related this sketch, made with the page turned vertically, and that on the verso (D22341) to the possible study on folio 7 recto (D22333) for the oil painting Jessica, exhibited in 1830 (Tate T03887; displayed at Petworth House, West Sussex),1 as perhaps ‘initial ideas for this or other works of the same kind’.2
Ian Warrell describes the drawings here and on the recto (D22341) as ‘a couple of portrait studies of young women, possibly Turner’s travelling companions, demonstrating his susceptibility to female charms’, comparing the sketches to one in the Arundel and Shoreham sketchbook (Tate D22872; Turner Bequest CCXLV 54a),3 inscribed ‘Brown Eyes’.
For other figure studies in this sketchbook, see under folio 1 verso (D22324).

Matthew Imms
August 2013

1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.186–7 no.333, pl.333 (colour)
2
Wilton 1989, p.21.
3
Warrell 2003, p.23.

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