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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Study of the Vatican Discobolus ?1793

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Study of the Vatican Discobolus ?1793
Turner Bequest V O
Black and white chalks and stump on laid brown-grey wrapping paper, 440 x 277 mm
Inscribed in red ink ‘V.O’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘V O’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is one of the most assured of Turner’s Plaister Academy studies, in which the figure is fully realised as a three-dimensional form, and convincingly located in its space. There is another drawing of the Discobolus in this series (Tate D00068; Turner Bequest V P).
The verso is D40218.
Technical notes:
Peter Bower suggests that this irregular sheet is from the same batch as Tate D00060 (Turner Bequest V G) in this series, which is watermarked ‘HR’; he notes that it is, however, of a heavier consistency.1 Also on this sheet is an offset of another drawing, apparently that on Tate D00056 (Turner Bequest V C).

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

Notes in Tate catalogue files.

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Study of the Vatican Discobolus ?1793 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-vatican-discobolus-r1140269, accessed 16 June 2021.