Joseph Mallord William Turner

Studies of Egyptian Artefacts, including a Canopic Jar with Ape or Baboon Head

c.1799–1802

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Ink and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 210 x 135 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04150
Turner Bequest LXIX 131

Catalogue entry

The drawing is inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation. Other studies of ancient artefacts, presumably made with an eye to historical subject pictures like The Tenth Plague of Egypt, exhibited in 1802 (Tate N00470),1 are on folios 65 verso, 66 verso and 67 verso (D04074, D04076, D04078).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.16–17 no.17, pl.13 (colour).

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