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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner ?Head and Shoulders of a Woman with Raised Arms c.1830

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 6 Recto:
?Head and Shoulders of a Woman with Raised Arms c.1830
Turner Bequest CCXL 6
Pencil and pen and pen and ink on white wove paper, 110 x 68 mm
Partial watermark ‘ter | 27’
Inscribed by Turner in ink with financial notes (see main catalogue entry)
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘6’ top right, ascending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCXL – 6’ top right, ascending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the page turned vertically with the gutter at the top, Turner made the following notes in ink:
New Anns.. pay Jan: & July
The note refers to biannual interest payments on Turner’s long-term annuity investments. For financial notes on adjacent pages, see under folio 1 recto (D22323).
The drawing, made with the page turned vertically the opposite way, is very slight and cursive. It possibly shows the outline of the head and shoulders of a woman with her arms raised either side of her head; if so, it may be related to the study of a woman on folio 7 recto opposite (D22333) or to studies on folios 70 recto and verso, 71 recto, and 72 recto and verso (D22457–D22459, D22461, D22462).
Blank, save for a small cluster of slight and possibly adventitious pencil strokes.

Matthew Imms
August 2013

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘?Head and Shoulders of a Woman with Raised Arms 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-head-and-shoulders-of-a-woman-with-raised-arms-r1148482, accessed 26 January 2022.