Joseph Mallord William TurnerLecture Diagram 53: Corinthian Capital in Perspective (after Thomas Malton Senior) c.1810

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Title
Lecture Diagram 53: Corinthian Capital in Perspective (after Thomas Malton Senior)
Date c.1810
MediumWatercolour on paper
Dimensionssupport: 674 x 1010 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17073
Turner Bequest CXCV 103
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Lecture Diagram 53: Corinthian Capital in Perspective (after Thomas Malton Senior) circa 1810
D17073
Turner Bequest CXCV 103
Watercolour over transfer ink on white wove paper, 674 x 1010 mm
Watermarked ‘1801 | J WHATMAN’
Inscribed by Turner in red watercolour ‘53’ top left
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘103’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Diagram 53 of a Corinthian capital is partly based on an illustration from A Compleat Treatise on Perspective in Theory and Practice on the True Principles of Dr Brook Taylor (1775, pl.XXII, fig.105) by the elder Thomas Malton (1726–1801). See also Diagram 54 (Tate D17074; Turner Bequest CXCV 104) for a further representation of the capital from the same source. Turner showed them during his discussion of the Corinthian order in Lecture 4 as Professor of Perspective at the Royal Academy.1
1
Turner, ‘Royal Academy Lectures’, circa 1807–38, Department of Western Manuscripts, British Library, London, ADD MS 46151 M folio 18 verso.
Technical notes:
Peter Bower states that the sheet is Double Elephant size Whatman paper made by William Balston and Finch and Thomas Robert Hollingworth at Turkey Mill, Maidstone, Kent.1
1
Notes in Tate catalogue files.
Verso:
Blank, save for an inscription by an unknown hand in pencil ‘100’ bottom left

Andrea Fredericksen
June 2004

Supported by The Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Revised by David Blayney Brown
January 2010

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