Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lecture Diagram 18: Principles of Rectilinear Perspective (after Thomas Malton Senior)

c.1810

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 674 x 1000 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17031
Turner Bequest CXCV 61

Display caption

One of Turner’s main objectives in Lecture 2 was to show the relative simplicity of the discipline. This diagram illustrates various principles of rectilinear perspective: the branch of standard, or linear, perspective dealing solely with straight lines.

While the diagram may at first sight ‘appear rather intricate,’ Turner explained that with perseverance it is in fact ‘analyzable’.

Gallery label, August 2004

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