Joseph Mallord William Turner

Figure Studies

c.1799–1805

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 271 × 436 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05056
Turner Bequest LXXXI 154

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the page turned horizontally, a study of the figure of an angel in pen and brown ink has been removed; compare the figures of angels on folios 79 verso and 85 recto (D05058, D05069; Turner Bequest LXXXI 156, 167). The other studies on this page are in black chalk and so faint and insubstantial that it is difficult to read them.
Technical notes:
The excised figure mentioned above was evidently carefully cut out as Finberg states,1 leaving traces of its ink outline; the resultant hole has since been made good with similar paper.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

1
See Finberg 1909, I, p.218.

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