Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lecture Diagram 11: Spheres at Different Distances from the Eye (after Thomas Malton Senior)

c.1810

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Pen and ink and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 590 x 724 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17145
Turner Bequest CXCV 174

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This diagram is based on an illustration from Thomas Malton’s A Compleat Treatise on Perspective 1775. It provides a model of vision as a cone of rays travelling from various globes towards the eye. Turner used it in Lecture 2 to discuss Malton’s first theorem that ‘Objects appear to have proportion to each other, respectively, as the angle under which they are seen’.

Gallery label, August 2004

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