Joseph Mallord William TurnerDesigns for an Arrangement of Curtains around Pictures c.1818-22

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Artist
Title
Designs for an Arrangement of Curtains around Pictures
From Tabley No.3 Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CV
Date c.1818-22
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 108 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D07005
Turner Bequest CV 19 a
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 22 Verso:
Designs for an Arrangement of Curtains around Pictures circa 1818–22
D07005
Turner Bequest CV 19a
Pencil on white wove paper, 108 x 185 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Curtains, perhaps at Tabley House, are drawn on folio 9 verso of the sketchbook (D06991; Turner Bequest CV 7a) and the swagged drapery shown in the top right of the present leaf is similar. Here, however, Turner shows a room with a sloped ceiling like his own London gallery in its later manifestation behind his house in Queen Anne Street West (see Introduction to the sketchbook). A similar room with pictures and drapery is sketched on folio 47 (D07044; Turner Bequest CV 43) and folio 46 verso (D07043; Turner Bequest CV 42a) shows a row of pictures along a wall, also with blinds or drapes. These hangings must be intended to protect them from glare from the roof lights.

David Blayney Brown
June 2010

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