Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study of a Man’s Face in Profile, with Open Mouth

c.1796–7

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 347 x 243 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40248

Catalogue entry

This incomplete study seems to be an exercise of the type suggested by Charles Le Brun (1619–1690) in his Méthode pour apprendre á dessiner les Passions, 1668; it may represent ‘Horror’, and have been suggested by the horrified head on the soldier’s shield on the recto of the sheet (D00721; Turner Bequest XXIX P).

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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