Joseph Mallord William Turner

Three Sketches of a Woman: Study for ‘The Unpaid Bill, or the Dentist Reproving his Son’s Prodigality’

c.1807–8

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

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 115 x 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D06487
Turner Bequest XCIX 73 a

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the sketchbook inverted. For Turner’s picture, The Unpaid Bill, or the Dentist Reproving his Son’s Prodigality (collection of the Schindler Family),1 and related drawings in this sketchbook, see comment to folio 77 recto (D06486; Turner Bequest XCIX 73). Although not hitherto identified as such, these sketches are also related, showing three alternative ideas for the dentist’s wife. At left, she is shown standing and turned away to the left; at centre, half-length to right, perhaps seated; and at right her head and shoulders appear as in the picture, turned slightly to left with her chin resting on her hand. In the picture she is seated.

David Blayney Brown
March 2009

1
Butlin and Joll 1984, pp.61–2 no.81 (pl.91).

Read full Catalogue entry

Explore

You might like