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Prepared in connection with his lectures as Professor of Perspective at the Royal Academy, Turner’s diagram is based on one by John Joshua Kirby (1716–74) in Dr Brook Taylor’s Method of Perspective Made Easy; both in Theory and Practice (London 1768, vol.II, pl.IX, fig.4). It appears related to the series of diagrams illustrating how to draw a house or rectangular object in perspective which Turner used for his history of techniques in Lecture 3 (Tate D17049–D17053).
Blank, save for an inscription by an unknown hand in pencil ‘132’ bottom left.
Supported by The Samuel H. Kress Foundation
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