Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lecture Diagram 58: Perspective Construction of Pulteney Bridge, Bath (after Thomas Malton Junior)

c.1810

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 674 x 1006 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17083
Turner Bequest CXCV 113

Display caption

Diagram 58 illustrates the ‘measure point’ method for drawing a perspective representation of a building. Turner first marked off the measurements of Pulteney Bridge, in Bath, on the horizontal lines across the top of the sheet. Then he constructed a plan in perspective in the upper part of the picture. Below this he completed the finished outline of the building.

Gallery label, September 2004

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