Joseph Mallord William TurnerA Monument or Tower and Classical Building 1845

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Artist
Title
A Monument or Tower and Classical Building
From Hythe and Walmer Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCCLV
Date 1845
MediumChalk and graphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 70 x 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35355
Turner Bequest CCCLV 11 a
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 11 Verso:
A Monument or Tower and Classical Building 1845
D35355
Turner Bequest CCCLV 11a
Chalk and pencil on blue wove paper, 70 x 186 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘[...]’ towards top left and ‘[...]’ top right descending
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The drawing has been produced with the page turned horizontally. It is a rough sketch of the basic features of what appears to be a town, the most prominent being a low colonnaded building at the centre and the beginnings of a vertical structure to the left. There is an inscription across the top of this structure. The two loosely scalloped lines to the right of the composition may suggest trees in the foreground. There is a further inscription at a right angle to the main drawing. The work may be related to a sketch of a town prospect on folio 12 recto opposite (D35356).

Alice Rylance-Watson
February 2013

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