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

Joseph Mallord William Turner Three Studies of a Seated Woman, Supporting her Head in her Right Arm c.1816

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 5 Verso:
Three Studies of a Seated Woman, Supporting her Head in her Right Arm circa 1816
D10419
Turner Bequest CXL 5a
Pencil on white wove paper, 155 x 95 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
For life studies in this sketchbook see note to the recto (D10418); a similar draped figure is on folio 6 verso of the sketchbook (D10421). It seems likely that the seated figure is related to the one seated at the base of a brazier in the right foreground of The Decline of the Carthaginian Empire (Tate N00499)1 given the presence of other sketches and verse for the picture in this book (see Introduction).

David Blayney Brown
July 2011

1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed. 1984, pp.100–1 no.135 (pl.137).

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Three Studies of a Seated Woman, Supporting her Head in her Right Arm c.1816 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 2011, 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-three-studies-of-a-seated-woman-supporting-her-head-in-her-r1131402, accessed 16 September 2014.