Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study of the Vatican Discobolus


In Tate Britain

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Chalk, gouache and watercolour on paper
Support: 440 × 277 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest V O

Catalogue entry

This is one of the most assured of Turner’s Plaister Academy studies, in which the figure is fully realised as a three-dimensional form, and convincingly located in its space. There is another drawing of the Discobolus in this series (Tate D00068; Turner Bequest V P).
The verso is D40218.
Technical notes:
Peter Bower suggests that this irregular sheet is from the same batch as Tate D00060 (Turner Bequest V G) in this series, which is watermarked ‘HR’; he notes that it is, however, of a heavier consistency.1 Also on this sheet is an offset of another drawing, apparently that on Tate D00056 (Turner Bequest V C).

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

Notes in Tate catalogue files.

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