Joseph Mallord William Turner

Classical Harbour Buildings

1805

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 150 x 258 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05534
Turner Bequest XC 30 a

Catalogue entry

This is a more developed and extended version of the composition of a classical sea-port on folio 19 verso of the sketchbook (D05517); compare also folio 31 verso (D05536). With the sketch facing it on folio 31 (D05535), depicting idealised Thames scenery, it forms a contrast or comparison that is singled out by Nicholson as typical of this sketchook’s ‘cogent interrogation of structures of meaning’ which led Turner to ‘put mythic themes and classical compositions in close rapport with drawings of observable scenery ... perceiving the ways such opposite approaches might be mutually reinforcing’.

David Blayney Brown
August 2007

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