Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lecture Diagram 35: Perspective Method for a Rectangular Object (after Samuel Wale)

c.1810

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 672 x 998 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17049
Turner Bequest CXCV 79

Display caption

Diagram 35 shows how to draw a simple rectangle or double cube at an oblique angle to the picture plane. Turner attributes the method to Samuel Wale, an English draughtsman, book illustrator and painter, who was the Royal Academy’s first Professor of Perspective, from 1768 to 1786.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

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