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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Head of a Bearded Man Looking to the Left ?1796-7

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Head of a Bearded Man Looking to the Left ?1796–7
Turner Bequest XXIX Q
Pencil, black and red chalks and stump, 242 x 174 mm
Watermark ‘J WHA[TMAN] 17[?94]’
Stamped in black ‘XXIX Q’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is presumably the head of Christ, and taken from a print after an Italian sixteenth-century painter. There is a slight study of the same head in pencil, lower right, evidently done to establish the general structure of the head. Finberg listed the sheet among miscellaneous drawings of about 1796. Compare another head apparently of Christ, in pencil (Tate D41450; Turner Bequest CCCLXXIX 3v).
The sheet is torn.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Head of a Bearded Man Looking to the Left ?1796–7 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, March 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-head-of-a-bearded-man-looking-to-the-left-r1177681, accessed 16 January 2021.