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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Standing Male Nude, holding a Staff and with Left Arm outstretched, in a Landscape Setting c.1794-5

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
A Standing Male Nude, holding a Staff and with Left Arm outstretched, in a Landscape Setting c.1794–5
D00199
Turner Bequest XVIII D
Black, white and red chalks with stump on laid buff-grey paper, 467 x 298 mm
Inscribed by Turner in black chalk ‘WT 13’ lower right centre
Inscribed in red ink ‘XVIII D’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘XVIII.D’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is one of the most fully worked up studies of the present series of nude studies. The model has been posed as St John the Baptist preaching, with a cross woven on to the tip of his staff, and the appropriate wilderness setting has evidently brought out Turner’s instinct to relate the figure to its natural context. The monogram can be compared with those in Tate D00198 and D00200 (Turner Bequest XVIII C, E).
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘A Standing Male Nude, holding a Staff and with Left Arm outstretched, in a Landscape Setting c.1794–5 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2012, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-standing-male-nude-holding-a-staff-and-with-left-arm-r1140216, accessed 21 May 2022.