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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner A Supine Male Nude with One Leg Raised c.1797-9

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
A Supine Male Nude with One Leg Raised c.1797–9
Turner Bequest XVIII K
Black and white chalks on buff-brown paper, 508 x 419 mm
Stamped in black ‘XVIII K’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
One of the most refined of the academy studies in the Bequest. This subject was modified in a study in the Calais Pier sketchbook, Tate D04926 (Turner Bequest LXXXI 25), for the painting of The Fifth Plague of Egypt, shown at the RA in 1800 (Indianapolis Museum of Art).1 There is an offset of this drawing on Tate D00059 (Turner Bequest V F).
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.10–12 no.13, pl.10 (colour).
Technical notes:
Bower1 suggests that this is the half-sheet to Tate D00200 (Turner Bequest XVIII-E).
TS note in Tate catalogue files.
Blank; the sheet has been laid down.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘A Supine Male Nude with One Leg Raised c.1797–9 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-supine-male-nude-with-one-leg-raised-r1140223, accessed 18 September 2019.