Joseph Mallord William Turner A Classical Façade with an Arch 1805

Artwork details

A Classical Façade with an Arch
Date 1805
Medium Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions Support: 150 x 258 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XC 14 a
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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

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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