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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Perspective Method for a Cube (after Jean Pélerin) c.1810

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Perspective Method for a Cube (after Jean Pélerin) circa 1810
Pencil and watercolour on wove paper, 672 x 999 mm
Watermarked ‘J WHATMAN | 1808’
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘1505’ top centre
Inscribed by an unknown hand in pencil ‘73’ bottom left
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This unfinished diagram illustrates a perspective method for a cube proposed by Jean Pélerin (‘Viator’). It appears on the verso of Diagram 27 (Tate D17041; Turner Bequest CXCV 71), which depicts a similar diagram also loosely based on an illustration from Pélerin’s De Artificiali Perspectiva (1505, pl.1, centre diagram). See catalogue note to the recto for the source, and for the paper used for the drawings.

Andrea Fredericksen
June 2004

Supported by The Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Revised by David Blayney Brown
January 2012

How to cite

Andrea Fredericksen, ‘Perspective Method for a Cube (after Jean Pélerin) 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-perspective-method-for-a-cube-after-jean-pelerin-r1136493, accessed 22 January 2022.