Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lecture Diagram 54: Perspective Construction of a Corinthian Capital (after Thomas Malton Senior)

c.1810

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 678 x 995 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17074
Turner Bequest CXCV 104

Catalogue entry

Like Diagram 53 (Tate D17073; Turner Bequest CXCV 103), this representation of a Corinthian capital is based in part on a diagram in 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). Turner used it as part of his discussion devoted to 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 19 and 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:
Currently laid down.

Andrea Fredericksen
June 2004

Supported by The Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Revised by David Blayney Brown
January 2010

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