Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lecture Diagram: Figure, with Outstretched Arms and Legs, Enclosed within a Circle: Front View


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Support: 588 x 714 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXCV 166

Catalogue entry

Made in connection with Turner’s lectures as Professor of Perspective at the Royal Academy this diagram of a figure within a circle appears related to a group of drawings illustrating the ways in which geometry enters into art (Tate D17138, D40014, D17139; Turner Bequest CXCV 167, 168). See note to D17139 for their probable function as supplements to Lecture 1 and date after 1812. On the verso (D40014) is a complete diagram of the same figure, seen from the back, now enclosed in a square.
Technical notes:
Peter Bower writes that the sheet is Elephant size Whatman paper made by William Balston, at Springfield Mill, Maidstone, Kent.
See Tate D40014.

Andrea Fredericksen
June 2004

Supported by The Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Revised by David Blayney Brown
January 2012

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