Joseph Mallord William Turner Study for ‘The Decline of the Carthaginian Empire’ 1816

Artwork details

Artist
Title
Study for ‘The Decline of the Carthaginian Empire’
From Yorkshire 1 Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CXLIV
Date 1816
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 97 x 154 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D11032
Turner Bequest CXLIV 101 a
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Catalogue entry

For historical studies in this sketchbook see Introduction and notes to folio 95 verso (D11023). This example provided the basis of the painting The Decline of the Carthaginian Empire (Tate N00499),1 which Turner exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1817. It is interesting to find Turner planning ahead to his next major Academic statement, whilst in the midst of one of his most exercising topographical projects. It is possible that he discussed his forthcoming project with Walter Fawkes whilst in Yorkshire in 1816.

David Hill
January 2009

1
Butlin and Joll 1984, pp.100–1 no.135 (pl.137).

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