Joseph Mallord William Turner

?The Head and Shoulders of a Woman

?1830

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 110 x 68 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D22457
Turner Bequest CCXL 70

Catalogue entry

This slight, rapid sketch appears to have been made with the page turned vertically, and seems to show the head and shoulders of a woman, with the curve of the back to the left, the right shoulder at the centre, and the perhaps partially undraped bust at the right. The head below the hair is blank, and may either represent the face turned towards the viewer but left blank, or the lost profile of the face turned away.
For other figure studies in this sketchbook, see under folio 1 verso (D22324).

Matthew Imms
August 2013

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