Joseph Mallord William Turner

Perspective Study of a Doric Entablature

c.1810

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Pen and ink, graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 306 x 488 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17068
Turner Bequest CXCV 98

Display caption

Turner carried out a painstaking geometrical construction to produce this perspective representation of an entablature. He set off measurements of parts of the entablature on a line running across the top of the sheet and used these to give a plan of the entablature in perspective. The completed perspective view was then built up below the plan.

Gallery label, August 2004

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