Joseph Mallord William Turner

Buildings Seen beyond Water, with Storm Clouds Above

?1799

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 265 x 411 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02238
Turner Bequest XLVIII 3

Catalogue entry

Finberg recorded that this sheet was ‘damaged in flood Jany 28 | stains right across’.1 He described the principal building seen on the horizon here as a ‘Castle on distant promontory’. It may belong to the artist’s tour to Scotland in 1801. The pencil drawing and the inchoate washes suggesting a stormy sky may not be related.
1
A.J. Finberg (died 1939), undated MS note in interleaved copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, p.123.
Technical notes:
The sheet is stained and dirty, and folded down the centre.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed in pencil by ?Edwin Fagg ‘[?Coventry Castle] EF’ and ‘3 in corner EF’. Fagg was Assistant Keeper in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum at the time of the Tate flood in 1928.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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