Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Figure(s)

1805–9

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 115 × 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40599

Catalogue entry

A slight pencil sketch here, of a figure subject, seems to have been deliberately smudged or erased. It appears to be of a young woman, naked but for shoes and with her legs spread. It was not noticed or numbered by Finberg and was first published by Warrell, with the suggestion that it might represent a sexual fantasy or a casual encounter of Turner’s at Margate.

David Blayney Brown
March 2009

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