Joseph Mallord William Turner
Bellinzona from the North 1841

Artwork details

Bellinzona from the North
From Fribourg, Lausanne and Geneva Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCCXXXII
Date 1841
Medium Graphite, watercolour, gouache and pen on paper
Dimensions Support: 228 x 286 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCXXXII 27
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Display caption

This distant view of Bellinzona does not seem to have been previously exhibited. This is because once Ruskin's scheme had been adopted as a means of making Turner's sketches available to the public, this watercolour was put back with drawings Ruskin considered less interesting and has remained uncatalogued until this exhibition. Turner made a number of views looking back to Bellinzona from the road to Locarno, inevitably focusing on the bridge spanning the fast-flowing River Ticino.

September 2004

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