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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner A Nude Woman, Perhaps with Drapery c.1830

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 1 Verso:
A Nude Woman, Perhaps with Drapery c.1830
Turner Bequest CCXL 1a
Pencil on white wove paper, 110 x 68 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘15 [?Gro Gd E Sh...]’ along top
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
As Ian Warrell notes, it is unclear whether this slight study of a standing female nude and another on folio 70 verso (D22458) are ‘formal or more improvised studies’.1 There is a perhaps related inscription above another figure drawing on folio 72 recto (D22461). See also the possibly erotic sketch on folio 2 verso (D22326). There are further figure studies on folios 7 recto, 12 recto and verso, 70 recto, 71 recto and 72 verso (D22333, D22341, D22342, D22457, D22459, D22462).
The partly legible inscription possibly relates to the financial notes on the recto (D22323).

Matthew Imms
August 2013

Warrell 2003, p.23.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘A Nude Woman, Perhaps with Drapery c.1830 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, September 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-nude-woman-perhaps-with-drapery-r1148474, accessed 23 January 2022.