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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

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
D40219
Pencil and black chalk with stump on white wove paper, 440 x 277 mm
Stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram bottom centre
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Like the drawing on the recto (D00068; Turner Bequest V P), this is an outline study, though here Turner has amplified it by using a stump to create areas of tone. There are stump trials to the left of the image. For other studies of the Borghese Gladiator see Tate D00069, D00070 and D00071 (Turner Bequest V R, Q, S).
The recto of this sheet is D00068 (Turner Bequest V P).

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, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-full-length-study-of-the-fighting-gladiator-r1140252, accessed 26 August 2016.