Joseph Mallord William Turner
A Waterfall Seen through an Arched Opening in a Wall c.1789

Artwork details

Artist
Title
A Waterfall Seen through an Arched Opening in a Wall
From Oxford Sketchbook
Turner Bequest II
Date c.1789
Medium Watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 160 x 249 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00042
Turner Bequest II 24
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Catalogue entry

As Finberg noted, this is evidently not an English subject. It was perhaps copied from a view at Tivoli by John ‘Warwick’ Smith (1749–1831) or another artist who worked in Italy in the 1770s or 1780s. It is interesting not only for its concern with Italian scenery but also as an early essay in the effect of falling water, a technical challenge that was to occupy Turner on many occasions in the ensuing decade.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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