Joseph Mallord William Turner
Castelli di Cannero on Lago Maggiore, from the North c.1843

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Castelli di Cannero on Lago Maggiore, from the North
Date c.1843
Medium Chalk, crayon, gouache and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 244 x 349 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCLXIV 390
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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.

August 2004

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