Joseph Mallord William Turner

Bellinzona from the North

1841

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite, watercolour, gouache and pen on paper
Dimensions
Support: 228 x 286 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D33497
Turner Bequest CCCXXXII 27

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.

Gallery label, September 2004

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