Joseph Mallord William Turner

Classical Architecture; Buildings on a Hill

c.1815–17

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 x 88 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D10639
Turner Bequest CXLI 32

Catalogue entry

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. Folios 30 verso–31 verso (D10636, D10638) 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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