Joseph Mallord William Turner

An ?Italian Town among Hills by a Lake or the Sea

c.1828–43

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk, gouache and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 141 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D36229
Turner Bequest CCCLXIV 367

Catalogue entry

The subject, buildings high above a rocky shore, is unidentified, but may be Italian; see the Introduction to this section for further brief discussion and dating. Finberg’s tentative 1909 Inventory title was ‘An Italian lake (?)’,1 although how he arrived at an Italian identification is unclear; he may have adopted an existing title from a checklist of the ongoing Sixth Loan Collection from the Turner Bequest, which did not have a printed catalogue.
Another work in the present section has been identified as showing the Priamar Fortress at Savona, on the Mediterranean coast of north-western Italy (Tate D24705; Turner Bequest CCLIX 140), and this view is possibly in the vicinity, or near Genoa (see under Tate D33718; Turner Bequest CCXLI 39).
The verso is D40183, a pencil drawing which may show another aspect of the same scene.

Matthew Imms
February 2016

1
See Finberg 1909, II, p.1206.

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