Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lecture Diagram 15: The Terminology of Perspective of Dr Brook Taylor

c.1810

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 677 x 1015 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17029
Turner Bequest CXCV 59

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Diagram 15 forms part of Turner’s ongoing discussion in Lecture 2 devoted to the terminology of perspective. It shows terms used by Dr Brook Taylor, an English mathematician who wrote Linear Perspective: Or, a New Method of Representing justly all Manner of Objects as they appear to the Eye in all Situations 1715.

Taylor was the first to coin the term ‘vanishing point’.

Gallery label, August 2004

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