Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Head and Front Quarters of a Cow

c.1807–14

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 69 x 112 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08293
Turner Bequest CXXII 7

Catalogue entry

The cow is seen in detail from its left side, and was presumably sketched from close up, filling the page. There are further cattle sketches on folio 6 recto (D08291). Ian Warrell has remarked upon the ‘remarkable frequency’ of such studies in Turner’s early sketchbooks.1

Matthew Imms
September 2013

1
Ian Warrell in Warrell, Blandine Chavanne and Michael Kitson, Turner et le Lorrain, exhibition catalogue, Musée des beaux-arts, Nancy 2002, p.186, listing numerous examples.

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