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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Study for 'The Vision', Rogers's 'Poems' c.1830-2

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Study for ‘The Vision’, Rogers’s ‘Poems’ circa 1830–2
Turner Bequest verso of CCLXXX 197
Pencil, approximately 105 x 125 mm on white wove paper, 229 x 310 mm
Inscribed by unknown hands in pencil ‘3’ top centre and ‘28 | b’ upper centre left and ‘CCLXXX.197’ bottom centre. Also in red ink ‘1032’ bottom left
Stamped in black ‘CCLXXX 197’ lower centre
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This pencil sketch is found on the verso of the finished watercolour, The Vision, one of seven illustrations Turner designed for ‘The Voyage of Columbus’, the final work in Rogers’s Poems (see Tate D27714; Turner Bequest CCLXXX 197). Despite the schematic nature of the drawing, the silhouette of the boat in the foreground, the rays of the sun and the ghostly line of figures in the background reveal that this is a preparatory study for the composition of the vignette.
There are two additional colour studies related to The Vision (see Tate D27720; Turner Bequest CCLXXX 203 and D27721; Turner Bequest, CCLXXX 204).

Meredith Gamer
August 2006

How to cite

Meredith Gamer, ‘Study for ‘The Vision’, Rogers’s ‘Poems’ c.1830–2 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2006, 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-study-for-the-vision-rogerss-poems-r1133376, accessed 25 November 2020.