Joseph Mallord William Turner

Architectural Details; ?Names of Revolutionary Figures

1832

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 174 x 117 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23937
Turner Bequest CCLIV 29

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner cursorily recorded several architectural details towards the top left-hand corner of this page. The curving voussoirs of an arch can be made out, and also the top half of an Ionic column. Inverted in relation to these drawings are a series of names, scattered across the left-hand side of the page. Though most of these are indecipherable or semi-decipherable, art historian Ian Warrell spotted the name ‘Tallien’ amongst them, referring to the Revolutionary agitator and politician, Jean-Lambert Tallien. This part of the volume includes several pages of drawings of Paris which Turner made with a view to a new illustrated edition of Walter Scott’s Life of Napoleon Buonaparte, so these notes may have made with this venture in mind.1

John Chu
July 2014

1
W[illiam] G[eorge] Rawlinson, The Engraved Work of J.M.W. Turner, R.A., vol.II, London 1908, pp.289–92 nos.530–40.

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