Joseph Mallord William Turner

Three Studies of a Seated Woman, Supporting her Head in her Right Arm

c.1816

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 155 x 95 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D10419
Turner Bequest CXL 5 a

Catalogue entry

For life studies in this sketchbook see note to the recto (D10418); a similar draped figure is on folio 6 verso of the sketchbook (D10421). It seems likely that the seated figure is related to the one seated at the base of a brazier in the right foreground of The Decline of the Carthaginian Empire (Tate N00499)1 given the presence of other sketches and verse for the picture in this book (see Introduction).

David Blayney Brown
July 2011

1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed. 1984, pp.100–1 no.135 (pl.137).

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