Joseph Mallord William Turner

Perspective Study of a Tuscan Column

c.1810

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Pen and ink and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 540 × 380 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17061
Turner Bequest CXCV 91

Technique and condition

Catalogue entry

Turner traced this preparatory drawing of a Tuscan column in perspective to make the guiding outlines of Diagrams 40 and 41 (Tate D17059, D17060; Turner Bequest 89, 90) for his lectures as Professor of Perspective at the Royal Academy. A tracing from the drawing (D40003) on the back of the unrelated Diagram 36 (Tate D17052; Turner Bequest CXCV 82) has been obscured by a mount.
Technical notes:
Peter Bower states that the sheet is Imperial Laid size paper made by James Whatman the younger at Turkey Mill, Maidstone, Kent.1
1
Notes in Tate catalogue files.
Verso:
See Tate D40004.

Andrea Fredericksen
June 2004

Supported by The Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Revised by David Blayney Brown
January 2012

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