Joseph Mallord William TurnerClassical Architecture; an Arcade and other Buildings c.1815-17

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Artist
Title
Classical Architecture; an Arcade and other Buildings
From Hints River Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CXLI
Date c.1815-17
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 88 x 114 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D10636
Turner Bequest CXLI 30 a
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 30 Verso:
Classical Architecture; an Arcade and other Buildings circa 1815–17
D10636
Turner Bequest CXLI 30a
Pencil on white wove paper, 88 x 114 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Drawn with the sketchbook inverted, this is one of several sketches of classical architecture in this sketchbook, culminating in a double-spread study on folios 32 verso–33 (D10640–10641) which, though very rubbed, seems to be a study for The Decline of the Carthaginian Empire (Tate N00499)1 exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1817. The arcade or row of arches sketched here might be very loosely connected with one in the middle distance to right of centre in the picture.

David Blayney Brown
July 2011

1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed.1984, New Haven and London 1984, pp.100–1 no.135 (pl.137).

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