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Watercolour - Babylon
  • Babylon
    Turner, Joseph Mallord William, born 1775 - died 1851
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Babylon

  • Object:

    Watercolour

  • Place of origin:

    London (probably, made)

  • Date:

    late 18th century - early 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Turner, Joseph Mallord William, born 1775 - died 1851 (maker)
    Porter, Robert Ker (Sir), born 1777 - died 1842 (after)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour

  • Credit Line:

    Vaughan Bequest

  • Museum number:

    982-1900

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case WD, shelf 55, box B

This watercolour, showing a rocky landscape outside the ancient biblical city of Babylon, was based upon a drawing by Sir Robert Ker Porter, and itself became the basis of an engraving for an illustrated Bible. Sir Robert Ker Porter (1777-1842) was a founder-member of a group of young painters called the Brothers, who wished to establish a tradition of history painting in Britain. Turner himself may have been a later member.

Physical description

Watercolour showing a rocky landscape and half-skyscape, with figures seated in the foreground.

Place of Origin

London (probably, made)

Date

late 18th century - early 19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Turner, Joseph Mallord William, born 1775 - died 1851 (maker)
Porter, Robert Ker (Sir), born 1777 - died 1842 (after)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour

Dimensions

Height: 14.1 cm, Width: 20.6 cm

Object history note

Vaughan Bequest

Previously in the collection of Benjamin Godfrey Windus

Descriptive line

Watercolour, 'Babylon' by J M W Turner.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Fig.170
Finkel, Irving and Seymour, M.J. (eds.), Babylon. Myth and Reality London : British Museum Press, 2008.
Wilton, Andrew. The Life and Work of J. M. W. Turner. London: Academy Editions, 1979. 449 p., ill. ISBN 856705659.

Production Note

After a sketch by Sir R. Ker Porter.

Materials

Watercolour

Techniques

Painting

Subjects depicted

Landscape

Categories

Watercolours

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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