Joseph Mallord William Turner

?A Terrace of Houses

c.1813

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 88 x 113 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D09904
Turner Bequest CXXXV 9

Catalogue entry

This very loose sketch seems to show a view diagonally down towards one corner of a long, narrow building, comprising two storeys or a single main, articulated storey and a basement, with steps and arched doorways. There is the generalised sense of a terrace of Georgian houses, but is unclear whether the structure is observed or imaginary.
Technical notes:
There is a small, ringed spot of foxing at the top right, showing through from the verso (D09905), and some offsetting from the diagrammatic drawing on folio 8 verso opposite (D09903).

Matthew Imms
April 2014

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