Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Tower, a Dome and other Buildings, Possibly at Brescia or Milan

1819

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 112 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14350
Turner Bequest CLXXV 18

Catalogue entry

Ian Warrell has proposed Brescia (see under folio 19 recto; D14350) as the subject,1 although the slightness and rapidity of the drawing in this ‘carriage sketch’ suggest that it was made while approaching or passing a town, and the tower(s) and dome(s) are difficult to identify with any certainty.
Federico Crimi has tentatively suggested an alternative connection to a watercolour view of the roofs and towers of Milan in the larger Como and Venice sketchbook (Tate D15253; Turner Bequest CLXXXI 3),2 although any resemblance may be fortuitous; for other views of the city, see under folio 2 recto (D14328).

Matthew Imms
March 2017

1
Undated notes by Ian Warrell in Tate catalogue files.
2
See Crimi 2007, p.43 note 62.

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