J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Classical Helmet c.1799-1800

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 22 Recto:
A Classical Helmet c.1799–1800
Turner Bequest LXVI 22
Pencil, ink and white chalk on blue laid paper, 83 x 166 mm
Inscribed by Turner in ink over pencil ‘Amasis King of Egypt’ bottom centre
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘22’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘LXVI – 22’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Amasis was ruler of Egypt in the sixth century BC, during the twenty-sixth Dynasty of the Pharaohs. Made with the page turned horizontally, this study continues a little way onto the verso of folio 21 opposite (D03853; Turner Bequest LXVI 21).
Other objects from ancient cultures are noted on folios 18 recto, 67 verso, 72 recto and verso, 73 recto, 74 recto and verso, and 75 recto (D03850, D03901, D03906–D03911).

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘A Classical Helmet c.1799–1800 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-classical-helmet-r1180093, accessed 24 January 2022.