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J.M.W. Turner in the British Museum

John T. Smith (British, 1776-1833)


John Smith was the keeper of the print room at the British Museum from 1816 to 1833 and stole an opportunity to make a surre ptitious sketch of his famous visitor, Turner, looking through one of the museum's albums of prints.

In the first years of the 1830s, Turner was commissioned to paint views of the Holy Land, which he had never visited. Engravings of those places in the British Museum would have been helpful.

Object Information

artist
John T. Smith (British, 1776-1833)
creation date
1830-1832
materials
brown and gray ink washes over pencil on white paper
dimensions
9 x 7 13/16 in.
accession number
1996.154
credit line
Bequest of Kurt F. Pantzer
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs