Joseph Mallord William Turner

Genoa from the Sea

c.1828

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

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour, gouache and pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 139 x 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24778
Turner Bequest CCLIX 213

Display caption

Turner travelled past Genoa on his voyage to Italy in 1828. This, one of several drawings of a coastline he found 'remarkably rugged and fine', may have contributed to the view he made for Byron's 'Life and Works'. Byron spent his last months in Italy, during the winter of 1822-3, in the Casa Saluzzo at Albaro, in the Genoa suburbs. There he planned his final expedition to Greece.

Gallery label, August 2004