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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Study of the Bacchus of Sansovino ?1791

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Study of the Bacchus of Sansovino ?1791
Turner Bequest V M
Pencil and black chalk with stump on white wove paper, 411 x 299 mm
Watermark ‘J WHATMAN’
Inscribed in red ink ‘V.M’ twice bottom right
Stamped in black ‘V M’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The sculpture of Bacchus by Jacopo Sansovino (1486–1570) is one of the most celebrated works of the High Renaissance; it was executed about 1514, and is preserved in the Bargello, Florence. Another study of the Bacchus in this series is Tate D00066 (Turner Bequest V N).
Technical notes:
The white wove paper, a type frequently used by Turner, was made by James Whatman at his Turkey Mill, Maidstone, Kent. Tate D00068 (Turner Bequest V P) from this series of studies came from the same source.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Study of the Bacchus of Sansovino ?1791 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-the-bacchus-of-sansovino-r1140253, accessed 21 May 2022.