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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Plan of the Colonnaded Screen at Carlton House, London, with a Detail of a Lamp c.1808-11

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 61 Verso:
Plan of the Colonnaded Screen at Carlton House, London, with a Detail of a Lamp circa 1808–11
D08039
Turner Bequest CXIV 61a
Pencil on white wove paper, 87 x 117 mm
Inscribed by Turner ‘Lamp’ top right and ‘Lamps’ below centre
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Carlton House appears in a large watercolour diagram which accompanied Turner’s first perspective lecture at the Royal Academy in January 1811 (see the Introduction to the sketchbook), showing the whole of the north front with rusticated wings and a colonnaded screen and gateways in front, in which Turner combined a scale elevation with naturalistic shading (Tate D17119; Turner Bequest CXCV 148).1 There are further studies on folios 15 verso, 16 recto, 49 verso–50 recto (D07983, D07984, D08023, D08024) and possibly 39 recto (D08011). For the history of the building, see under folio 15 verso (D07983).
The north façade and screen are carefully recorded in a watercolour of about 1811 by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd and in anonymous engravings published by Ackermann in 1809 and by Laurie and Whittle in 1813 (London Metropolitan Archives). All show the elaborate bronze lamps standing between the coupled columns as noted here by Turner but not included in the finished lecture diagram.

Matthew Imms
January 2012

1
Ibid., pp.31, 33.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Plan of the Colonnaded Screen at Carlton House, London, with a Detail of a Lamp c.1808–11 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-plan-of-the-colonnaded-screen-at-carlton-house-london-with-a-r1134818, accessed 28 February 2021.