Joseph Mallord William TurnerA Classical Façade with an Arch 1805

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Artist
Title
A Classical Façade with an Arch
Date 1805
MediumPen and ink on paper
Dimensionssupport: 150 x 258 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05510
Turner Bequest XC 14 a
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 14 Verso:
A Classical Façade with an Arch 1805
D05510
Turner Bequest XC 14a
Pen and ink on off-white wove paper, prepared with a grey wash, 150 x 258 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Several sketches in this sketchbook show variants of this arched structure, especially folio 18 verso (D05515) but also folios 20 verso and 21 verso (D05519, D05521). In the context of a classical seaport, these seem to anticipate buildings in Dido Building Carthage, exhibited in 1815 (National Gallery, London).1

David Blayney Brown
August 2007

1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.94–6 no.131 (pl.133).

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