Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study of a Seated Figure in Armour

1792

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 136 × 96 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00189
Turner Bequest XVII N

Catalogue entry

As Finberg surmised, this drawing is for the figure of Don Quixote in Turner’s grey wash drawing of Don Quixote and the Enchanted Barque (illustrating Book II, chapter 29 of Cervantes’ novel) which, with a study for the composition, is in a private collection.1 See also verso (D40230).

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

1
See Anne Lyles, Young Turner: Early Work to 1800: Watercolours and Drawings from the Turner Bequest 1787–1800, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1989, pp.23–4 nos.7, 8, reproduced.

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