Joseph Mallord William TurnerLecture Diagram 67/68: Stone Recess with Shadows c.1810

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Title
Lecture Diagram 67/68: Stone Recess with Shadows
Date c.1810
MediumGraphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensionssupport: 670 x 998 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17092
Turner Bequest CXCV 122
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Lecture Diagram 67/68: Stone Recess with Shadows circa 1810
D17092
Turner Bequest CXCV 122
Pencil and watercolour on white wove paper, 670 x 998 mm
Watermarked ‘J WHATMAN | 1808’
Inscribed by Turner in red watercolour ‘67’ top left and ‘68’ top centre
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘122’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Given two numbers by Turner, this diagram made for his lectures as Professor of Perspective at the Royal Academy is one of two illustrating a recess and shadows; see also Diagram 69 (Tate D17093; Turner Bequest CXCV 123). They are associated by Maurice Davies with a large group of diagrams illustrating the production of shadows; see note to Diagram 60 (Tate D17085; Turner Bequest CXCV 115).
Technical notes:
Peter Bower states that the sheet is Double Elephant size Whatman paper made by William Balston, at Springfield Mill, Maidstone, Kent.1
1
Notes in Tate catalogue files.
Verso:
Blank, save for an inscription by an unknown hand in pencil ‘117’ bottom left

Andrea Fredericksen
June 2004

Supported by The Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Revised by David Blayney Brown
January 2012

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