Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
The Head of a Bearded Man ?1797
Turner Bequest CCCLXXIX 3 v
Pencil on white wove paper, 215 x 156 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Not mentioned in Finberg’s 1909 Turner Bequest catalogue,1
this is presumably a head of Christ, and apparently related to the more developed study catalogued here as Tate D00722
(Turner Bequest XXIX Q). There is also a pothook in pencil, together with some paint smears.
The recto is D36627
(Turner Bequest CCCLXXIX 3).
The sheet has been folded approximately 35 mm from the bottom edge.
How to cite
Andrew Wilton, ‘The Head of a Bearded Man ?1797 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-the-head-of-a-bearded-man-r1140080, accessed 30 August 2015.