Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Urn and Sculpted Flames at the Top of the Monument, London, from Below

c.1808–11

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 117 x 87 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08002
Turner Bequest CXIV 31

Catalogue entry

Maurice Davies relates this and the studies on folios 12 verso–13 recto, 17 recto, 19 verso, 20 recto and 34 recto (D07977, D07978, D07985, D07988, D07989, D08005) to Turner’s first perspective lecture, delivered at the Royal Academy in January 1811 (see the Introduction to the sketchbook); Turner discussed the ‘flaming ball’ surmounting the Monument, and the distance from the base at ground level from which it could be viewed,1 in relation to his large watercolour diagram ‘4’ showing both the whole structure and the upper stages from below (Tate D17122; Turner Bequest CXCV 151). For further details of the Monument see under folio 12 verso (D07977).
1
Davies pp.32, 106 note 8; Davies 1994, p.290.
Technical notes:
There are irregular, swirling areas of thicker paper and adjacent thinner areas which appear to have been a manufacturing fault, also evident on folios 32, 36 and 46 (D08003, D08007–D08008, D08019).
Verso:
Blank

Matthew Imms
January 2012

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