Joseph Mallord William Turner

Vignette Study for ‘Corinth, from the Acropolis’ for Byron’s ‘Life and Works’

c.1830

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 256 × 323 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40315

Catalogue entry

This study is a variation of the composition on the recto of the sheet (see Tate D27537; Turner Bequest CCLXXX 20). The subject is preliminary sketch for Corinth, from the Acropolis 1832 (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge), a watercolour vignette which Turner produced as a frontispiece to volume X of Byron’s Life and Works (1832–3).1
Turner designed seventeen vignette illustrations for Byron’s Life and Works but this sheet appears to contain the only related studies in the Turner Bequest.

Nicola Moorby
August 2008

1
Andrew Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, no.1224.

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