Joseph Mallord William Turner

Designs for the Arrangement of Curtains in a Picture Gallery


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Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 108 × 185 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CV 43

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the sketchbook inverted. Turner shows three versions of the end wall of a gallery, with a section of a sloped ceiling and roof light, and ideas for drapery to protect pictures from glare. See notes to folio 22 (D07005; Turner Bequest CV 19a) which has similar ideas for curtains or blinds around pictures in a gallery with a sloped-edged ceiling, and to folio 46 verso (D07043; Turner Bequest CV 42a) showing a row of pictures on a side wall with a chimneypiece, also shaded by drapes. These are to be associated with Turner’s plans for his own gallery, along with other drawings and diagrams in the sketchbook; see Introduction to the sketchbook for Turner’s new gallery behind his house in Queen Anne Street West, opened in 1822.

David Blayney Brown
June 2010

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