Joseph Mallord William Turner

Life Study of a Female Figure

c.1812–13

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Dimensions
Support: 178 × 110 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09198
Turner Bequest CXXIX 116 a

Catalogue entry

Gerald Wilkinson describes this as: ‘A lugubrious watercolour nude with a red face... – perhaps another wet-day diversion? The lighting and the pose do not suggest the life-room.’1 Selby Whittingham suggests that the sitter might be Sarah Danby, with whom Turner had an association from the later 1790s.2

David Hill
October 2008

1
Wilkinson 1974, p.142.
2
Whittingham 1994, p.69; Jean Golt, ‘Danby, Sarah’, in Evelyn Joll, Martin Butlin and Luke Herrmann (eds.), The Oxford Companion to J.M.W. Turner, Oxford 2001, p.71.

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