Joseph Mallord William Turner

Composition Design, Perhaps Related to Rogers’s Poems

c.1830–1

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 74 x 94 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25632
Turner Bequest CCLXIV 57 a

Catalogue entry

This page is the second of three in a row in the sketchbook that has been used for a composition study rather than an on-the-spot sketch (see folio 57; Tate D25632). This study bears stylistic and compositional similarity to a study in the Berwick sketchbook (Tate D25695; Turner Bequest CCLXV 30) which Finberg described as a ‘Study for Vignette of Columbus’,1 and Jan Piggott has related to A Tempest – Voyage of Columbus circa 1831–2 (watercolour; Tate D27719; Turner Bequest CCLXXX 202), a vignette design for Rogers’s Poetry.2
With the sketchbook inverted the drawing shows lines of perspective, perhaps made up of visionary figures as in the Columbus design, receding towards a giant swirling sun.
The inscription at the bottom of the page looks like ‘Brant’, though may read ‘Bright.’

Thomas Ardill
September 2009

1
Finberg 1909, II, p.851, CCLXV 29a–30.
2
Dr Jan Piggott, Turner’s Vignettes, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1993, p.85.

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