Joseph Mallord William Turner

Radley Hall from the North-West

1789

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Pen and ink and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 374 x 532 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00048
Turner Bequest III C

Display caption

The two vanishing points for the sides of the building are just visible (see photograph). However, Turner did not use a full method of perspective to locate these points. In fact, they are at different heights, whereas they should both be on the horizon.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

Turner did not make a study of the house from this precise viewpoint, but the drawing is evidently based on information derived from the many details that he noted in the Oxford sketchbook (Tate D00021, D00028; Turner Bequest II 9, 14, etc.). See Tate D00049 (Turner Bequest III D).
Turner’s washline border has been cut down at the top and bottom.
Verso:
Laid down on a modern sheet, stamped with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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