Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Ruined ?Italian Castle above a Hill Town

c.1828–43

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 151 x 225 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D33958
Turner Bequest CCCXLI 244

Catalogue entry

The subject, an apparently ruined castle perched above a steep hill town with rugged peaks beyond, is unidentified, but may be Italian; see the Introduction to this section for further brief discussion and dating. The loose vertical marks in the foreground may be indications of the trunks of trees through which Turner observed the scene.
Technical notes:
Paper conservator Peter Bower has noted this among numerous examples from Turner Bequest section CCCXLI of quarter sheets of paper with a watermark of letters ‘CS and laurel leaves’, paired with a separate mark of three numbers; they may come from one of the Brescia paper mill in Lombardy, from which there are comparable datable sheets from the 1830s and early 1840s.1
1
See Bower 1999, p.133 and note 1.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘446’ bottom left and in pencil 145 | O’ bottom right

Matthew Imms
February 2016

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