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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Study of the Vatican Meleager ?1792

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Study of the Vatican Meleager ?1792
Turner Bequest V I
Black and white chalks on grey-buff laid paper, 416 x 256 mm
Watermark: ornamented fleur-de-lys
Inscribed in red ink ‘V I’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘V I’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
As Finberg observed, the famous group in the Vatican Museum, Rome is copied here without the dog and boar’s head which form part of it. The drawing is technically close to the study of the Venus de’ Medici in this series (Tate D00060; Turner Bequest V G). Another drawing of the Meleager is Tate D00061 (Turner Bequest V H).
The verso is D40215.
Technical notes:
The grey-buff paper is a wrapping paper, which Peter Bower suggests may be the same as that on which Tate D00063 (Turner Bequest V K) from this series is drawn.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Study of the Vatican Meleager ?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-the-vatican-meleager-r1140257, accessed 13 December 2017.