Joseph Mallord William Turner

Diagram of a Building

1819

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 187 x 120 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40954

Catalogue entry

This is the inside back cover of the sketchbook which contains a diagrammatic plan of an unknown building. Turner has annotated the drawing with several notations, the details of which suggest that it represents a domestic building. The inscriptions are as follows: along the top, or shortest side of the plan ‘corner | 9 courses of bricks | 8 courses 2 feet’ and ‘[?7 18]’ and ‘63.8’; along the right-hand side ‘10 Feet’ and ‘12 courses from flooring’; and along the left-hand side ‘Chimney’ and ‘51’ and ‘3.6’ and ‘3.2’ and ‘4 feet from floor’.
Verso:
Back cover

Nicola Moorby
January 2009

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