Joseph Mallord William Turner

Castelli di Cannero on Lago Maggiore, from the North

c.1843

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

Medium
Chalk, crayon, gouache and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 244 x 349 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D36257
Turner Bequest CCCLXIV 390

Display caption

Turner's earliest drawings were topographical studies - views of picturesque monuments, or distant prospects of towns, concentrating on the buildings of chief architectural interest. By the 1840s, he had developed his own distinctive approach to this type of picture-making, creating images in which atmosphere, as suggested by richly coloured washes of watercolour, is of greater significance to the sense of place than a fastidious representation of individual detail.

Gallery label, August 2004