Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Classical Façade with an Arch

1805

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 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

Catalogue entry

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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