J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Cusped Motif from a Frieze; a Face in Profile ?1797

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
A Cusped Motif from a Frieze; a Face in Profile ?1797
D40336
Pencil on white wove paper, 174 x 248 mm
Inscribed by Turner in brush and grey colour ‘67’ centre
Stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram towards bottom right
Inscribed in red ink ‘XXXI B’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The cusped motif is traced from one of a frieze of similar motifs, apparently offset from another surface. There is also a slight sketch of a face in profile, apparently by an amateur hand and inverted relative to the prominent ‘67’.
The recto is D00844 (Turner Bequest XXXI B).

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘A Cusped Motif from a Frieze; a Face in Profile ?1797 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2012, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, December 2012, http://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-cusped-motif-from-a-frieze-a-face-in-profile-r1140063, accessed 24 April 2014.