Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Architectural Plans

c.1819

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 87 x 119 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13768
Turner Bequest CLXIX 11

Catalogue entry

There are two diagrams here, each of which comprises a horizontal rectangle with various internal divisions. The upper one may be a ground plan of a domestic building, with pairs of short strokes bisecting the lines at each end marking windows or doorways. Those measurements directly below the main divisions add up to 47, presumably indicating feet (about 14 metres).
The diagram in the centre of the page is divided into three adjoining squares, the outer two being filled with upper and lower bands of vertical hatching, with further details including diagonal lines in the right-hand square. The overall long dimension of this structure is presumably 33 feet (10 metres).
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Matthew Imms
September 2013

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