Joseph Mallord William Turner

Helmeted Head in Profile, with Other Studies

?1790–3

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 337 x 269 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40220

Catalogue entry

Various sketches occur on this page: as well as the helmeted head, a study of a boy drawing, in black and red chalks; a faint black chalk outline of the Apollo Belvedere (for which see Tate D00056–D00058; Turner Bequest V C–E); and a slight red chalk sketch of a face. The boy drawing is presumably a fellow student of Turner’s in the Plaister Academy. Ann Chumbley and Ian Warrell suggest that its presence here signifies Turner’s ‘frustration with merely copying casts’ and heralds his transfer to the Life Class, but the drawing seems to belong to about 1790–1 rather than to the perhaps later date of the helmeted head.
The recto of this sheet is D00070 (Turner Bequest V R).
Technical notes:
The top left corner has been torn away.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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