Joseph Mallord William Turner

Perspective Study of a Corinthian Entablature


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Pen and ink, graphite and watercolour on paper
Support: 544 × 380 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXCV 110

Catalogue entry

This perspective construction of a Corinthian entablature is partly based on diagrams from John Joshua Kirby’s The Perspective of Architecture (1761, pl.XXVII, fig.B and pl.XXIX, fig.B). Turner does not seem to have developed the pen and wash drawing into a full-scale diagram for his lectures as Professor of Perspective at the Royal Academy. However, Maurice Davies relates the subject to Turner’s discussion of the problems of circles in standard perspective, where the artist refers to the Corinthian capital and particularly to the crushed appearance of the entablature.
Technical notes:
Peter Bower states that the sheet is Imperial size paper made by James Whatman the younger at Turkey Mill, Maidstone, Kent.1
Notes in Tate catalogue files.
Blank, save for an inscription by an unknown hand in pencil ‘105’ top left

Andrea Fredericksen
June 2004

Supported by The Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Revised by David Blayney Brown
January 2012

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