Joseph Mallord William Turner

Torso and Legs of a Nude Woman

c.1800–7

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 172 x 119 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05210
Turner Bequest LXXXIV 37

Catalogue entry

This is one of the more physically explicit sketches in this sketchbook, showing the model’s legs splayed. As Ian Warrell suggests, it could have given grounds for Turner’s Executors to exclude the book from the Schedule of the Bequest.

David Blayney Brown
November 2004

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