Joseph Mallord William Turner

Perspective Method for a Cube (after Jean Pélerin)

c.1810

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 672 x 999 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40002

Catalogue entry

This unfinished diagram illustrates a perspective method for a cube proposed by Jean Pélerin (‘Viator’). It appears on the verso of Diagram 27 (Tate D17041; Turner Bequest CXCV 71), which depicts a similar diagram also loosely based on an illustration from Pélerin’s De Artificiali Perspectiva (1505, pl.1, centre diagram). See catalogue note to the recto for the source, and for the paper used for the drawings.

Andrea Fredericksen
June 2004

Supported by The Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Revised by David Blayney Brown
January 2012

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