J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Profile of the Upper Stages of the Monument, London c.1808-11

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 19 Verso:
Profile of the Upper Stages of the Monument, London circa 1808–11
Turner Bequest CXIV 19a
Pencil on white wove paper, 117 x 87 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil with dimensions (see main catalogue entry)
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The main outline of the top of the Monument, London, appears to be inscribed at various points ‘2’, ‘2’, ‘8’ and ‘10’; a secondary diagram of the doorway in the drum, just to the right, is labelled ‘Door’ and annotated ‘½’, ‘6’, ‘[?2]’ and ‘3’. There are further related dimensions on folio 20 recto opposite (D07989).
Maurice Davies relates this and the studies on folios 12 verso–13 recto, 17 recto, 20 recto, 31 recto and 34 recto (D07977, D07978, D07985, D07989, D08002, 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 structure see under folio 12 verso (D07977).

Matthew Imms
January 2012

Davies pp.32, 106 note 8; Davies 1994, p.290.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Profile of the Upper Stages of the Monument, London c.1808–11 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2012, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-profile-of-the-upper-stages-of-the-monument-london-r1134764, accessed 19 August 2017.