Joseph Mallord William Turner

An ?Italian Town above a River

c.1828–43

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk on paper
Dimensions
Support: 153 x 229 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D34040
Turner Bequest CCCXLI 321

Catalogue entry

The subject, a town on a hillside beyond a river, is unidentified, but may be Italian; see the Introduction to this section for further brief discussion and dating. The ladder-like form above the bridge may be a water wheel seen head on.
Technical notes:
In 1909 the drawing was described by Finberg as in ‘Pencil and white chalk’,1 but it appears to be black chalk, while the only white now evident is a dash below the bridge.
1
Finberg 1909, II, p.1083.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed in pencil ‘321’ right of centre.

Matthew Imms
February 2016

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