Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscription by Turner: Notes on Architectural Proportion and Perspective, from an Unidentified Source

c.1809

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 88 × 115 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D07413
Turner Bequest CVIII 36

Catalogue entry

The whole page is taken up with the following notes:
would have be lost by the surround | portico although he [...]ly from the | [...] part below when it | ev[...]y has ev[...] that he exh[...] | the whole would have seen this if | the error of con[...] every G[...] | when nothing like parr[...] perspective | can be seen. Architecture like | Painting has that sentiment which | con[...] the merit of one from the other
The source of these passages on proportion in relation to architecture (including the Trajan and Antonine Columns in Rome) remains unidentified.1 The notes run continuously from folio 35 recto to folio 37 verso (D07411–D07416).

Matthew Imms
June 2008

1
Davies 1994, p.288.

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