Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Cityscape with Classical Buildings 1832
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
Inscribed in pencil and ink with various executors’ notes (see main entry)
Inscribed in pencil ‘CCLXXVIII’ bottom left, inverted
Stamped in black ‘CCLXXVIII’ top left
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.II, p.884.
Kathleen Nicholson, Turner’s Classical Landscapes: Myth and Meaning, Princeton 1990, pp.256, 263 note 57.
This study of classical buildings is one of several in this volume. For more information, see the sketchbook introduction.
Various executor’s notes appear along the bottom of this inside cover, inverted in relation to the sketchbook as foliated. In ink, Charles Turner inscribed his signature and wrote ‘No 325 Contains 18 leaves in Pencil’. Charles Lock Eastlake and John Prescott Knight left their initials in pencil. The sketches were recorded in A.J. Finberg’s 1909 Inventory but not given a separate number.1
How to cite
John Chu, ‘Cityscape with Classical Buildings 1832 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2015, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, August 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-cityscape-with-classical-buildings-r1181358, accessed 24 September 2021.