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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Lecture Diagram 70: A Ruined Amphitheatre c.1810

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Lecture Diagram 70: A Ruined Amphitheatre circa 1810
Turner Bequest CXCV 124
Pencil and watercolour on white wove paper, 668 x 958 mm
Watermarked ‘J WHATMAN | 1808’
Inscribed by Turner in red watercolour ‘70’ (cut) top left
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘124’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Made by Turner for his lectures as Professor of Perspective at the Royal Academy, this representation of a ruined amphitheatre is associated by Maurice Davies with a larger group of diagrams illustrating the production of shadows; see note to Diagram 60 (Tate D17085; Turner Bequest CXCV 115).
Technical notes:
Peter Bower writes that the sheet is Double Elephant size Whatman paper made by William Balston, at Springfield Mill, Maidstone, Kent.1
Notes in Tate catalogue files.
Blank, save for an inscription by an unknown hand in pencil ‘499’ top left and ‘119’ bottom left.

Andrea Fredericksen
June 2004

Supported by The Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Revised by David Blayney Brown
January 2012

How to cite

Andrea Fredericksen, ‘Lecture Diagram 70: A Ruined Amphitheatre c.1810 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2004, revised by David Blayney Brown, 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-lecture-diagram-70-a-ruined-amphitheatre-r1136539, accessed 29 February 2020.