|(After) Self-Portrait c1799 by JMW Turner (1775-1851)|
This was a very fast sketch in pen and ink as I can't stand for too long in one place.
Then I discovered that was the last page in the sketchbook. Now how odd is that?
The caption for the self-portrait online is rather interesting
This self-portrait appears to date from around 1799 when Turner was about twenty-four years old. It was possibly intended to mark an important moment in his career, his election as an Associate of the Royal Academy. Despite his relative youth, Turner had already made a name for himself as an original, accomplished painter with the technical abilities of someone more mature. He had been described in the newspapers as an artist who ‘seems thoroughly to understand the mode of adjusting and applying his various materials’ and ‘their effect in oil or on paper is equally sublime’Age 24 !!!
Links: Lost and found - one sketchbook