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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Continuation of Chertsey Bridge; Three Studies of a Lily, for 'The Decline of the Carthaginian Empire' c.1816-19

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 9 Recto:
Continuation of Chertsey Bridge; Three Studies of a Lily, for ‘The Decline of the Carthaginian Empire’ circa 1816–19
D10426
Turner Bequest CXL 9
Pencil on white wove paper, 155 x 95 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘9’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CXL 9’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
A small stretch of landscape at top left is an extension of the view of Chertsey Bridge on folio 8 verso (D10425). The studies of a flowering lily are for the plant growing in a Greek black-figure vase in the left foreground of The Decline of the Carthaginian Empire (Tate N00499)1 exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1817. A sketch of motifs nearby in the picture is also on 8 verso; see catalogue notes for their significance as indicators of the former importance of the arts in ancient Carthage and their neglect as a factor in the empire’s decline.

David Blayney Brown
July 2011

1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.110–1 no.135 (pl.137).

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Continuation of Chertsey Bridge; Three Studies of a Lily, for ‘The Decline of the Carthaginian Empire’ c.1816–19 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 2011, 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-continuation-of-chertsey-bridge-three-studies-of-a-lily-for-r1131409, accessed 15 February 2019.