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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Vignette Study for 'Corinth, from the Acropolis' for Byron's 'Life and Works' c.1830

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Vignette Study for ‘Corinth, from the Acropolis’ for Byron’s ‘Life and Works’ circa 1830
D40315
Watercolour, approximately 120 x 155 mm on off-white paper, 247 x 322 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This study is a variation of the composition on the recto of the sheet (see Tate D27537; Turner Bequest CCLXXX 20). The subject is preliminary sketch for Corinth, from the Acropolis 1832 (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge), a watercolour vignette which Turner produced as a frontispiece to volume X of Byron’s Life and Works (1832–3).1
Turner designed seventeen vignette illustrations for Byron’s Life and Works but this sheet appears to contain the only related studies in the Turner Bequest.

Nicola Moorby
August 2008

1
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, no.1224.

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Vignette Study for ‘Corinth, from the Acropolis’ for Byron’s ‘Life and Works’ c.1830 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2008, 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-vignette-study-for-corinth-from-the-acropolis-for-byrons-r1133857, accessed 20 November 2017.