Joseph Mallord William Turner, 'The Ruins of the Pantheon, Oxford Street' 1792

Joseph Mallord William Turner
The Ruins of the Pantheon, Oxford Street 1792
Pen and pencil on paper
support: 205 x 321 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

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Drawn from Turner

Jake Tilson, artist and web designer   

Jake Tilson is an artist, graphic designer, publisher and author working in London. He studied painting at Chelsea College of Art and the Royal College of Art where he also taught in Communication Design (1987-99). Tilson founded Atlas magazine in 1984 and his award wining website The Cooker in 1994. His cookbook, which he has written and designed, A Tale of 12 Kitchens, 2006, is published by Weidenfeld and Nicholson.

Jake Tilson After Turner The Ruins of the Pantheon, Oxford Street 1792

Jake Tilson
After Turner The Ruins of the Pantheon, Oxford Street 1792

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The first impression the unframed Turner drawing makes on me is as an object - with two sides, and a history of its own. A sheet of hand-made paper that is aged, stained and bears cataloguing imprints and numbers. Turner’s sketch of Oxford Street is also made up of layers, of both pencil and ink. To help me explore the entire object I dissect these elements and draw them separately in a forensic manner.