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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Study of a Figure Wearing a Hat 1820

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 4 Recto:
Study of a Figure Wearing a Hat 1820
D16647
Turner Bequest CXCII 4
Pencil on white wove paper, 98 x 128 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘Purple Ha’ top left
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘4’ top right, ascending right-hand edge
Stamped in black ‘CXCII 4’ top right, ascending right-hand edge
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This page contains a small thumbnail sketch of a figure wearing a large hat which, according to Turner’s inscription, is ‘purple’. There are a large number of studies of people in this sketchbook and the artist often annotated his drawings with notes on the details and colours of their costume, see for example folio 15 (D16669).

Nicola Moorby
April 2013

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Study of a Figure Wearing a Hat 1820 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, August 2013, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-study-of-a-figure-wearing-a-hat-r1142546, accessed 29 May 2024.