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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Inscriptions by Turner: Bibliographical Notes on Perspective Sources 1809

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 11 Verso:
Inscriptions by Turner: Bibliographical Notes on Perspective Sources 1809
D07975
Turner Bequest CXIV 11a
Pencil on white wove paper, 87 x 117 mm
Part watermark ‘tman | 8’
Inscribed by Turner in pencil (see main catalogue entry)
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Towards the top of the page are the following notes:
Rossi and Ignatius Danti Rome | These two Kirby pronounced the earliest books | upon Perspective he met with
Maurice Davies has identified the source as notes on the history of perspective in Joshua Kirby’s Dr Brook Taylor’s Method of Perspective Made Easy Both in Theory and Practice: see the 1754 Ipswich edition, Book II, pp.81–4,1 and the 1768 London edition, Book II, pp.88–92.2 There are other notes from the same source on folio 12 recto opposite, folio 13 verso, and folio 14 recto and verso (D07976, D07979–D07981). For the dating of these and other notes made prior to Turner’s 1811 Royal Academy perspective lectures see the Introduction to the sketchbook.

Matthew Imms
January 2012

1
Davies 1994, p.306 note 3.
2
Ibid., p.290.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Inscriptions by Turner: Bibliographical Notes on Perspective Sources 1809 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2012, 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-inscriptions-by-turner-bibliographical-notes-on-perspective-r1134751, accessed 28 January 2022.