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

Joseph Mallord William Turner Full-length Study of the Fighting Gladiator c.1791

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Full-length Study of the Fighting Gladiator c.1791
D00069
Turner Bequest V Q
Black and white chalks and stump on laid buff-grey wrapping paper, laid down on modern white paper, 383 x 246 mm
Inscribed in red ink ‘V.Q’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘V Q’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is a somewhat more accomplished attempt at the subject of the Borghese Gladiator, for which see Tate D00070 (Turner Bequest V R).
Verso:
Blank, except for an offset of the upper half of a study of the cast of a nude male figure, apparently that of the Fighting Gladiator on Tate D00071 (Turner Bequest V S).

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Full-length Study of the Fighting Gladiator c.1791 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2012, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-full-length-study-of-the-fighting-gladiator-r1140250, accessed 20 December 2014.