Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study for ‘The Vision’, Rogers’s ‘Poems’

c.1830–2

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 232 x 310 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40175

Catalogue entry

This pencil sketch is found on the verso of the finished watercolour, The Vision, one of seven illustrations Turner designed for ‘The Voyage of Columbus’, the final work in Rogers’s Poems (see Tate D27714; Turner Bequest CCLXXX 197). Despite the schematic nature of the drawing, the silhouette of the boat in the foreground, the rays of the sun and the ghostly line of figures in the background reveal that this is a preparatory study for the composition of the vignette.
There are two additional colour studies related to The Vision (see Tate D27720; Turner Bequest CCLXXX 203 and D27721; Turner Bequest, CCLXXX 204).

Meredith Gamer
August 2006

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