Joseph Mallord William Turner Lecture Diagram 66: Interior of a Prison (after Giovanni Battista Piranesi) c.1810

Artwork details

Artist
Title
Lecture Diagram 66: Interior of a Prison (after Giovanni Battista Piranesi)
Date c.1810
Medium Graphite and pen and ink on paper
Dimensions Support: 443 x 595 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17091
Turner Bequest CXCV 121
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Catalogue entry

Prepared by Turner for his lectures as Professor of Perspective at the Royal Academy, Diagram 66 is one of three views of a prison interior based on an etching from Prima Parte de Architettura e Prospettiva (1743, pl.2) by Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720–1778). See note to Diagram 65 (Tate D17090; Turner Bequest CXCV 120) for their likely connection with illustrations of the production of shadows and with a lecture manuscript, and Tate D17123, D17124, D17072; Turner Bequest CXCV 152, 153, 102) for other
references to Piranesi among the lecture diagrams.
Technical notes:
The diagram has been cut down and the number pasted to the top left corner.
Verso:
Currently laid down.

Andrea Fredericksen
June 2004

Supported by The Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Revised by David Blayney Brown
January 2012

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