Joseph Mallord William Turner

Bozen and the Dolomites


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

Watercolour and gouache on paper
Support: 196 x 282 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCXVII 10

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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