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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner A Reclining Nude Woman c.1833

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
A Reclining Nude Woman c.1833
Turner Bequest CCCXLI 231
Chalk on grey wove paper, 96 x 137 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram towards top left
Inscribed in red ink ‘231’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCCXLI – 231’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Ian Warrell has linked Tate D33942–D33945 (Turner Bequest CCCXLI 231, 231v, 232, 232v) as ‘Studies of a female nude on grey paper’, connecting them to similar small, divided-up sheets used in Austria in 1833. He compares the use of red and white chalks to the technique of a sequence of studies of a male nude in the Life Class (2) sketchbook of the later 1830s1 (Tate D27482–D27513; Turner Bequest CCLXXIX b 2–33).
See also the figure studies in chalks on pages washed in grey in the Whalers sketchbook of about 1845 (Tate D35256–D35258; Turner Bequest CCCLIII 17, 18, 19), particularly D35256.
The verso is D33943, a technically similar figure drawing.
Warrell 2003, p.25.
Technical notes:
Ian Warrell has noted that the left-hand torn edge here matches the right-hand edge of D33945.1

Matthew Imms
September 2016


How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘A Reclining Nude Woman 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-reclining-nude-woman-r1184324, accessed 20 July 2024.