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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner A Partly Draped Seated Woman, Turned Away c.1833

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
A Partly Draped Seated Woman, Turned Away c.1833
Turner Bequest CCCXLI 228
Pencil on grey wove paper, 159 x 151 mm
Inscribed in red ink ‘228’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCCXLI – 228’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Ian Warrell has described this drawing, Tate D33940, D33941 and D33969 (Turner Bequest CCCXLI 229, 230, 254) as ‘Four pencil studies of models’, dating them to about 1833, when Turner visited central Europe and Venice, on the basis of the paper being similar to sheets used then for topographical views; he also observes that the arrangement of the model’s hair ‘recalls the Italian fashions’ of that period.1
It seems likely that three of them show the same woman, although it is unclear whether the figure seen from the back in D33941 is male or female. Here the woman’s face is turned away in shaded lost profile, with what seems to be a detail of the line of her cheekbone and chin on the same scale to the left. The significance of the horizontal line and looping strokes beyond is unclear; they may be a loose representation of aspects of an interior or bed.
Warrell 2003, p.25.
Technical notes:
Finberg described the media as ‘Pencil and white chalk’,1 although the latter is not now evident. The sheet was once folded horizontally.
Finberg 1909, II, p.1075.
Blank; slight staining, possibly water damage from the 1928 Tate Gallery flood. Inscribed in pencil ‘228’ bottom right.

Matthew Imms
September 2016

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘A Partly Draped Seated Woman, Turned Away c.1833 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2016, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, February 2017, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-partly-draped-seated-woman-turned-away-r1184321, accessed 20 June 2024.