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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Adoration of the Infant Jesus, after Lorenzo Lotto 1802

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 63 Recto:
The Adoration of the Infant Jesus, after Lorenzo Lotto 1802
D04357
Turner Bequest LXXII 63
Pencil, with some scratching out, on white wove paper prepared with a reddish grey wash, 114 x 128 mm
Inscribed faintly by Turner in pencil with various initials, ‘B’, ‘R’ &c
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘63’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘LXXII–63’ bottom left, descending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner turned the sketchbook to landscape format to make this drawing. Possibly of circa 1535–9, Lotto’s (Lorenzo Lotto circa 1480–1556) picture was acquired by Louis XIV in 1662. The Holy Family appears with St Elizabeth and Zachariah. Ziff has suggested some influence of the pose of the Family on Turner’s own Holy Family (Tate N00473),1 but Butlin and Joll dispute this.
The superscribed initials must relate to a colour key.
1
Butlin and Joll 1984, pp.38–9 no.49 (pl.60).
Verso:
Blank

David Blayney Brown
October 2009

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘The Adoration of the Infant Jesus, after Lorenzo Lotto 1802 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, October 2009, 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-the-adoration-of-the-infant-jesus-after-lorenzo-lotto-r1129766, accessed 15 June 2021.