Joseph Mallord William Turner

Bozen and the Dolomites

1840

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour and gouache on paper
Dimensions
Support: 196 x 282 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D32189
Turner Bequest CCCXVII 10

Display caption

Turner probably drew these two sketches of Bozen in the Tyrol (now the Italian city of Bolzano) from his lodgings. His view is eastwards over the town to the Dolomites, with the elegant Gothic spire and long roof of its fourteenth-century church shown on the right. No.83 was evidently a first attempt to draw the scene, which Turner soon abandoned, concentrating his energies instead on the fine penwork used for the architectural details of no.84. He continued to use this type of grey paper for sketching in a similar style during his fortnight in Venice, 20 August - 3 September, and to depict Passau, Regensburg and Coburg on his return journey through Bavaria.

Gallery label, September 2004

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