Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketch of the Back of a Woman by Turner; and Notes by James Hakewill on Travelling in Italy

1819

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 88 × 114 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13892
Turner Bequest CLXXI 18 a

Catalogue entry

Turner has used this page to make a small figure study of the back of a woman, annotated with written notes on colour. The sheet also contains an inscription by James Hakewill (1778–1843), part of his advice to Turner on travelling in Italy in preparation for the artist’s first tour of the country in 1819 (see the introduction to the sketchbook). The text reads ‘Bologna | For pictures see | Palazzo Marescalchi | Ercolani’ [i.e. the Marescalchi and Hercolani Palaces]. Further notes on Bologna can be found on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 19 (D13893).

Nicola Moorby
March 2010

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