Joseph Mallord William Turner

Colour Keys of Nicolas Poussin’s ‘Judgement of Solomon’ and ‘Deluge’ (Inscriptions by Turner)

1802

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 128 x 114 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04369
Turner Bequest LXXII 74

Catalogue entry

Turner’s notes are set out in two groups, the upper one headed ‘Solo’ and the lower ‘Deluge’, with accompanying initials from his colour key. These are only partly legible and cannot be replicated here. Further study of the originals is required. Finberg did not attempt a transcription but read Turner’s headings only. Poussin’s Judgement of Solomon, of 1649, was acquired by Louis XIV in 1685. Its colouring is notably harsh and acid. For the painter’s Deluge, and Turner’s further comments on it, see folios 41 verso, 42 of this sketchbook (D04327, D04328).
Verso:
Blank

David Blayney Brown
July 2005

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