Joseph Mallord William TurnerClassical Architecture; Buildings on a Hill c.1815-17

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Artist
Title
Classical Architecture; Buildings on a Hill
From Hints River Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CXLI
Date c.1815-17
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 114 x 88 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D10637
Turner Bequest CXLI 31
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 31 Recto:
Classical Architecture; Buildings on a Hill circa 1815–17
D10637
Turner Bequest CXLI 31
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 88 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘31’ top right, running vertically
Stamped in black ‘CXLI 31’ top right, running vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
For ideas for classical architecture in this sketchbook see note to folio 30 verso (D10636) and to folios 32 verso–33 (D10640–D10641) for the possible connection with The Decline of the Carthaginian Empire (Tate N00499)1 exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1817. The verso and folio 32 (D10638, D10639) have other sketches for buildings on a steep hill, perhaps related to the right background of 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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