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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Partially Draped Figure c.1789

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 17 Verso:
A Partially Draped Figure c.1789
Turner Bequest II 17a
Pencil on white laid paper, 249 x 160 mm
Stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram centre right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
A slight sketch. Other rapid figure studies in the book, on folios 5 recto and 20 verso (D00015, D00036), may show the same figure. It is perhaps a heroic warrior, but, such is the paucity of specific detail, might equally be St John the Baptist, or an ascending soul in a Last Judgement (see Tate D00196; Turner Bequest XVIII A).

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘A Partially Draped Figure c.1789 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2012, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-partially-draped-figure-r1140187, accessed 22 May 2018.