Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Classical Colonnade or Rotunda

c.1808–11

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 117 × 87 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08034
Turner Bequest CXIV 57 a

Catalogue entry

This building, fronted by a Doric colonnade or rotunda, remains unidentified. It appears to be a real structure rather than an idealised design, and was perhaps sketched in London, as were several prominent classical buildings in preparation for Turner’s Royal Academy perspective lectures, beginning in January 1811 (see the Introduction to the sketchbook).

Matthew Imms
January 2012

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