Joseph Mallord William Turner A Classical Colonnade or Rotunda c.1808–11

Artwork details

A Classical Colonnade or Rotunda
From Windmill and Lock Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CXIV
Date c.1808–11
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 117 x 87 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXIV 57 a
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Catalogue entry

This building, fronted by a Doric colonnade or rotunda, remains unidentified. It appears to be a real structure rather than an idealised design, and was perhaps sketched in London, as were several prominent classical buildings in preparation for Turner’s Royal Academy perspective lectures, beginning in January 1811 (see the Introduction to the sketchbook).

Matthew Imms
January 2012

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