Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lecture Diagram 70: A Ruined Amphitheatre

c.1810

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 668 x 958 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17094
Turner Bequest CXCV 124

Catalogue entry

Made by Turner for his lectures as Professor of Perspective at the Royal Academy, this representation of a ruined amphitheatre is associated by Maurice Davies with a larger group of diagrams illustrating the production of shadows; see note to Diagram 60 (Tate D17085; Turner Bequest CXCV 115).
Technical notes:
Peter Bower writes 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 ‘499’ top left and ‘119’ bottom left.

Andrea Fredericksen
June 2004

Supported by The Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Revised by David Blayney Brown
January 2012

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