Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lecture Diagram 38: Method for a Tuscan Capital (after Lorenzo Sirigatti) and a Circle (attributed to Jacques Androuet du Cerceau and Joseph Moxon)

c.1810

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 667 x 985 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17055
Turner Bequest CXCV 85

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Like many of Turner's lecture diagrams, this is much simpler than its source - a treatise by Lorenzo Sirigatti (misspelt by Turner), which it fails to represent adequately. Turner misunderstood Sirigatti's work, which he criticised as unnecessarily complex: 'My position [is] that the complicated appearances which simple forms are often made to assume tend more to ingeniously perplex than to clear the way to a study.'

Gallery label, September 1992

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