Joseph Mallord William Turner

Perspective Diagram, 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 x 115 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D07490
Turner Bequest CVIII 81

Catalogue entry

Maurice William Davies, ‘J.M.W. Turner’s Approach to Perspective in his Royal Academy Lectures of 1811’, unpublished Ph.D thesis, Courtauld Institute of Art, London 1994, p.289
Maurice Davies has not identified the source of this diagram,1 presumably taken from a published treatise. It appears to be a method of showing a circle in perspective. In view of these uncertainties, the correct orientation of the drawing is unclear.

Matthew Imms
June 2008

1
Davies 1994, p.289.

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