Joseph Mallord William Turner

Studies for Classical Compositions

c.1822–3

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 257 x 178 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17753
Turner Bequest CCII 29 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned upside down relative to the foliation, Turner has divided the sheet to accommodate what appear to be six separate pencil sketches of classical compositions. There is a repetition of arched monuments, perhaps triumphal arches or even viaducts. Figures and trees intersperse these structures. At the top right is a diminutive sketch of two figures, the one on the left seeming to lunge and gesticulate towards the other, recoiling figure.

Alice Rylance-Watson
March 2013

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