Joseph Mallord William Turner ?Sketch for ‘Dido Building Carthage’ 1805

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?Sketch for ‘Dido Building Carthage’
Date 1805
Medium Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions Support: 150 x 258 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XC 11 a
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See note to folio 1 (D05491) for the various treatments in this sketchbook of an ancient seaport with figures arriving or departing. Nicholson remarks that in this ‘remarkable little drawing, cognizant of Claude [Lorrain]’s embarkation settings’, Turner ‘began to elaborate his vision’. Hill considers this version one of ‘the earliest prototypes’ for Dido Building Carthage and The Decline of Carthage exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1815 and 1817 (National Gallery, London and Tate N00499);1 Butlin and Joll associate it with the former, together with a related sketch on folio 31 verso (D05536).2

David Blayney Brown
August 2007

Butlin and Joll 1984, pp.94–6 no.131 (pl.133); pp.100–1 no.135 (pl.127).
Ibid., p.94.

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