Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lecture Diagram 8/2: Elevation of a Stoa or Portico (after James Stuart)

c.1810

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Medium
Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 674 x 1003 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17141
Turner Bequest CXCV 170

Display caption

Completed in outline form, this drawing of a classical portico allowed Turner to show how geometric elevations make it difficult to read the relationships and distances between columns and walls.

This is made particularly obvious when this drawing is compared to a ground plan of the structure’s exact arrangements (see the diagram shown to the left). As the elevation is a direct and flat projection of the portico from the side, the viewer cannot see how many columns are along the front of the building.

Gallery label, September 2004

Technique and condition

Catalogue entry