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A Gothic Mansion Turner

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    Turner (Joseph Mallord William Turner) (1775 - 1851)
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    Material and technique
    watercolour over graphite on wove paper
    J.M.W. Turner R.A.

    Presented by John Ruskin to the Ruskin Drawing School (University of Oxford), 1875; transferred from the Ruskin Drawing School to the Ashmolean Museum, c.1949.

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  • References in which this object is cited include:


    Ruskin, John, Catalogue of Examples Arranged for Elementary Study in the University Galleries (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1870), cat. Educational no. 45

    Ruskin, John, ‘The Ruskin Art Collection at Oxford: Catalogues, Notes and Instructions’, Edward T. Cook and Alexander Wedderburn, eds, The Works of John Ruskin: Library Edition, 39 (London: George Allen, 1903-1912), 21


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Ruskin's Catalogues

  • Ruskin's Catalogue of Examples (1870)

    45. Gothic mansion. Early drawing by Turner, probably when he was a boy of 15 or 16.

    Of the shape that it should be? Yes. And to that end we must sometimes pencil it in very carefully first.

    Try either the forms of the white clouds in colour, or those of the building in pencil, and you will soon know what to think of the assertion that Turner could not draw.

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