Joseph Mallord William Turner

Studies of Helmets and a Mace for the Title Page of ‘Views in Sussex’

c.1819

Not on display
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 119 x 87 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13811
Turner Bequest CLXIX 39 a

Catalogue entry

Of the two helmets shown here, drawn with the page turned vertically, the one at the top left may have informed Turner’s 1819 vignette of weaponry for his Views in Sussex, while the flanged mace head at the foot of the page corresponds closely to the one in the finished design. For a fuller discussion see the entry for folio 1 recto (D13751), a page of similar studies; there are further related sketches on folio 40 verso (D13813).
Below and to the right of centre of the page is a two-stage multiplication, descending vertically in relation to the drawings (and inverted relative to the foliation):
  83 
   7 
 581
   2 
1162 

Matthew Imms
September 2013

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