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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 96 × 59 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25740
Turner Bequest CCLXV 54 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned to the right is one of several sketches in the book of figures in fancy costumes (see folio 57; D25745 for references). This one belongs to a group of three sketches of male figures in period costume (see also folios 55 verso and 56; D25742, D25743). Here two men, one standing behind the other, wear long robes and caps. The sketch of a figure in a robe and headdress on folio 26 (D25688) may be related to these figures.

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

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