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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner ?Architectural Plans c.1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 11 Recto:
?Architectural Plans c.1819
Turner Bequest CLXIX 11
Pencil on white wove paper, 87 x 119 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil with measurements ‘20’, ‘20’, ‘7 [?Light] 7 | by 12’ below design towards top right, and ‘33’ below design at centre
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘11’ bottom right (faint and smudged)
Stamped in black ‘CLXIX – 11’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
There are two diagrams here, each of which comprises a horizontal rectangle with various internal divisions. The upper one may be a ground plan of a domestic building, with pairs of short strokes bisecting the lines at each end marking windows or doorways. Those measurements directly below the main divisions add up to 47, presumably indicating feet (about 14 metres).
The diagram in the centre of the page is divided into three adjoining squares, the outer two being filled with upper and lower bands of vertical hatching, with further details including diagonal lines in the right-hand square. The overall long dimension of this structure is presumably 33 feet (10 metres).

Matthew Imms
September 2013

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘?Architectural Plans c.1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, September 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-architectural-plans-r1147491, accessed 18 January 2020.