Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lecture Diagram 73: Perspective Construction of an Ionic Capital

c.1810

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 670 × 1001 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17097
Turner Bequest CXCV 126

Catalogue entry

Prepared by Turner for his lectures as Professor of Perspective at the Royal Academy, Diagram 73 is a perspective construction of the Ionic capital represented in Diagram 72 (Tate D17096; Turner Bequest CXCV 125), for which see note for Turner’s source and likely preparation of these diagrams to illustrate the production of shadows. The same capital is seen with entablature in Diagram 73+ (Tate D17100; Turner Bequest CXCV 129). For the original drawing from which Turner traced the diagram, see Tate D17098 (Turner Bequest CXCV 127).
Technical notes:
Peter Bower states that the sheet is Double Elephant size Whatman paper made by William Balston, at Springfield Mill, Maidstone, Kent.1
1
Notes in Tate catalogue files.
Verso:
Blank, save for an inscription by an unknown hand in pencil ‘120’ bottom left.

Andrea Fredericksen
June 2004

Supported by The Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Revised by David Blayney Brown
January 2012

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