Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lecture Diagram 36: Basic Perspective Construction of a House

c.1810

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 677 x 1005 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17050
Turner Bequest CXCV 80

Display caption

Here Turner develops the double cube of Diagram 35 (shown to the left) into a house with basic architectural features, such as a door, cornice and pitched roof. His intention was to show how the cube – which he describes as the ‘cornerstone of our fabric’ – is ‘convertible into a building by subdivisions and additions’.

Gallery label, July 2004

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