Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Skeleton of an Animal

c.1806–10

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Medium
Chalk and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 128 x 201 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05623
Turner Bequest XCI 6

Catalogue entry

See note to the similar subject on folio 5 of the sketchbook (D05622) for John Ruskin’s claim that this skeleton was used for Turner’s design for the Liber Studiorum plate Little Devil’s Bridge.
The paper is discoloured from exposure.
Verso:
Blank, but inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘184’; there are traces of paper from a former mount, marked with red ink.

David Blayney Brown
March 2011

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