Joseph Mallord William Turner

An ?Italian Town in a Valley, with Distant Mountains, and Roadside Shrines in the Foreground

c.1828–43

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 142 x 193 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D33791
Turner Bequest CCCXLI 110

Catalogue entry

This mountainous subject, with two freestanding roadside shrines annotated in the foreground and a hill town beyond, is currently unidentified but probably Italian; see the Introduction to this section for further brief discussion and dating. Working from his reading of Turner’s inscription, Finberg suggested the scene was probably ‘Arcole, between Verona & Venice’,1 but this is unconfirmed.
1
Undated MS note by A.J. Finberg (died 1939) in interleaved copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, vol.II, opposite p.1069.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by John Ruskin in pencil ‘233 | O’ bottom right.

Matthew Imms
February 2016

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