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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Lecture Diagram 56: Tuscan Entablature in Perspective c.1810

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Lecture Diagram 56: Tuscan Entablature in Perspective circa 1810
Turner Bequest CXCV 109
Pencil and watercolour over transfer ink on white wove paper, 653 x 830 mm
Watermarked ‘J. RUSE | 1800’
Inscribed by Turner in red watercolour ‘56’ top left
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘[?109]’ (now cut) bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
In his discussion of the architectural orders in Lecture 4 as Professor of Perspective at the Royal Academy, Turner compared this diagram and Diagram 55 (Tate D17076; Turner Bequest CXCV 106) representing a Tuscan entablature in perspective to Diagrams 53 and 54 (Tate D17073, D17074; Turner Bequest CXCV 103, 104), which are both examples of the Corinthian order.1 The guiding lines of the present drawing were traced from Diagram 55 (see also verso, Tate D40006).
Turner, ‘Royal Academy Lectures’, circa 1807–38, Department of Western Manuscripts, British Library, London, ADD MS 46151 M folio 19 verso.
Technical notes:
Peter Bower states that the sheet is Pott Quad size paper made by Joseph Ruse, at Upper Tovil Mill, Maidstone, Kent.1
Notes in Tate catalogue files.
Blank, save for an inscription by an unknown hand in pencil ‘104’ bottom left.

Andrea Fredericksen
June 2004

Supported by The Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Revised by David Blayney Brown
January 2010

How to cite

Andrea Fredericksen, ‘Lecture Diagram 56: Tuscan Entablature in Perspective c.1810 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2004, revised by David Blayney Brown, January 2010, 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-lecture-diagram-56-tuscan-entablature-in-perspective-r1136526, accessed 21 May 2022.