J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A Classical Façade with an Arch 1805

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 14 Verso:
A Classical Façade with an Arch 1805
Turner Bequest XC 14a
Pen and ink on off-white wove paper, prepared with a grey wash, 150 x 258 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Several sketches in this sketchbook show variants of this arched structure, especially folio 18 verso (D05515) but also folios 20 verso and 21 verso (D05519, D05521). In the context of a classical seaport, these seem to anticipate buildings in Dido Building Carthage, exhibited in 1815 (National Gallery, London).1

David Blayney Brown
August 2007

Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.94–6 no.131 (pl.133).

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘A Classical Façade with an Arch 1805 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2007, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-classical-facade-with-an-arch-r1129821, accessed 29 January 2022.