Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lecture Diagram 21: Representation of a Globe in Perspective (after Thomas Malton Senior)

c.1810

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Pen and ink, graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 486 x 687 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17034
Turner Bequest CXCV 64

Display caption

Turner was fascinated by the problems posed by using linear perspective for rendering curved lines or forms. For his section on curvilinear perspective, he produced a series of diagrams based on illustrations from Malton’s A Compleat Treatise on Perspective 1775. He used these drawings to discuss the representation of such curved shapes as the globe, ellipse, parabola and hyperbola.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

You might like