Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lecture Diagram 7: St George’s Church, Bloomsbury, London

c.1810

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 735 x 467 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17116
Turner Bequest CXCV 145

Display caption

According to the standard rules of perspective the sides of the tower should be shown as strictly vertical, but to give a greater sense of height Turner made some parts of the tower lean and twist. He did not do this in a consistent way and the building looks a little unstable. Although Turner objected to the way perspective showed tall buildings he did not develop a full alternative system for representing them.

Gallery label, August 2004

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