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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Study of a Man's Face in Profile, with Open Mouth c.1796-7

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Study of a Man’s Face in Profile, with Open Mouth c.1796–7
D40248
Pencil on white wove paper, 347 x 243 mm
Stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram bottom centre
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This incomplete study seems to be an exercise of the type suggested by Charles Le Brun (1619–1690) in his Méthode pour apprendre á dessiner les Passions, 1668; it may represent ‘Horror’, and have been suggested by the horrified head on the soldier’s shield on the recto of the sheet (D00721; Turner Bequest XXIX P).

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Study of a Man’s Face in Profile, with Open Mouth c.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, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-study-of-a-mans-face-in-profile-with-open-mouth-r1140209, accessed 15 September 2019.