Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lecture Diagram 59: Pulteney Bridge, Bath, in Perspective (after Thomas Malton Junior)


On loan

Banbury Museum (Banbury, UK): Turner: Ambitions in Architecture and the Art of Perspective

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite, watercolour and tracing on paper
Support: 672 x 999 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXCV 114

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For his final example of applied linear perspective, Turner presented a view of Pulteney Bridge in Bath, built by Robert Adam in the 1770s. He said this building was ‘not selected for the beauty of its architecture, but from its possessing the principles of the square and circle, and having columns and entablature in projecting colonnades’. He explained that once students understood the basic rules of perspective they could place ‘any building in perspective whatever as to form, size, proportion, order or arrangement’.

Gallery label, August 2004

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