Joseph Mallord William Turner

Copies of Poussin’s ‘Landscape, with Diogenes’ and Two Pictures by Claude Lorrain in the Louvre Collection (‘Seaport with the Landing of Cleopatra’ and ‘Landscape, with Samuel Annointing David’); Designs for a Picture Entitled ‘The Prodigal Son’

1821

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 123 x 118 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24537
Turner Bequest CCLVIII 20

Display caption

This sketchbook augments the studies Turner made in the Louvre in 1802, when he had omitted Claude from his survey of favoured artists. Two of the three designs on this page are copied from pictures by Claude: *Seaport with the Landing of Cleopatra in Tarsus* (middle) and *Landscape, with Samuel Anointing David* (bottom). At the top of the page he has copied Poussin's *Landscape, with Diogenes*, a picture he had also admired twenty years earlier. On the other side of the page opening he plays with the composition of the painting of Samuel and David, merging its details with a view of the surburb of St-Cloud to the west of Paris. The book also contains many closely observed studies of the architecture of Rouen.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

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