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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Study of a Figure in the Pose of the Dying Gaul ?1792

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Study of a Figure in the Pose of the Dying Gaul ?1792
Turner Bequest V K
Black and white chalks on laid buff-grey wrapping paper, 282 x 385 mm
Stamped in black ‘V K’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Finberg listed this drawing as a study made in the Plaister Academy. The figure is in the pose of the Dying Gaul or Dying Gladiator, a third-century BC Hellenistic bronze known from a Roman marble copy in the Capitoline Museum, Rome; but it does not correspond to the antique original in many respects. At the same time, with its relatively puny physique it does not seem to represent any of the models customarily employed at the Academy. Compare the slight sketch on the verso (D40216), which is even more like a study from the life.
Technical notes:
Peter Bower suggests that the paper of this sheet is similar in type to Tate D00062 (Turner Bequest V I).

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Study of a Figure in the Pose of the Dying Gaul ?1792 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-study-of-a-figure-in-the-pose-of-the-dying-gaul-r1140211, accessed 23 October 2016.