Joseph Mallord William Turner Perspective Study of a Tuscan Column c.1810

Artwork details

Perspective Study of a Tuscan Column
Date c.1810
Medium Pen and ink and graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 540 x 380 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXCV 91
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Catalogue entry

Turner traced this preparatory drawing of a Tuscan column in perspective to make the guiding outlines of Diagrams 40 and 41 (Tate D17059, D17060; Turner Bequest 89, 90) for his lectures as Professor of Perspective at the Royal Academy. A tracing from the drawing (D40003) on the back of the unrelated Diagram 36 (Tate D17052; Turner Bequest CXCV 82) has been obscured by a mount.
Technical notes:
Peter Bower states that the sheet is Imperial Laid size paper made by James Whatman the younger at Turkey Mill, Maidstone, Kent.1
Notes in Tate catalogue files.
See Tate D40004.

Andrea Fredericksen
June 2004

Supported by The Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Revised by David Blayney Brown
January 2012