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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Diagram of a Quadrilateral Plane in Perspective, Probably after Giulio Troili c.1809

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 44 Verso:
Diagram of a Quadrilateral Plane in Perspective, Probably after Giulio Troili circa 1809
D07430
Turner Bequest CVIII 44a
Pen and ink on white wove paper, 88 x 115 mm
Inscribed by Turner in ink ‘Giulio Troili 1683’ top centre
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Maurice Davies has identified the source as probably Giulio Troili, Paradossi per Pratticare la Prospettiva senza Saperla, Bologna 1683, page 59, fig.II; it is one of several in the Perspective sketchbook which Turner did not use for his perspective lectures.1 He probably consulted the copy at the British Museum (since transferred to the British Library, London).
There is another diagram from the same source on folio 54 recto (D07449).

Matthew Imms
June 2008

1
Davies 1994, pp.98, 288, 310 note 76.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Diagram of a Quadrilateral Plane in Perspective, Probably after Giulio Troili c.1809 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2008, 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-diagram-of-a-quadrilateral-plane-in-perspective-probably-r1136626, accessed 15 November 2019.