Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas GirtinA Castle Overlooking the Sea c.1794-8

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Artwork details

Artists
Thomas Girtin (1775‑1802)
Title
A Castle Overlooking the Sea
Date c.1794-8
MediumInk wash and watercolour on paper
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D36467
Turner Bequest CCCLXXIII 54
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Thomas Girtin 1775–1802
Folio 54 Recto:
A Castle Overlooking the Sea c.1794–8
D36467
Turner Bequest CCCLXXIII 54
Pencil and grey and blue wash on white wove paper, 173 x 250 mm mounted on white cartridge paper, 363 x 495 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Inscribed in pencil ‘54’ on mount, top right
Stamped in black ‘CCCLXXIII 54’ on mount, bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The subject may be a fortification on the Bay of Baiae, north of Naples. Compare the castle shown in the companion album (Tate D36505; Turner Bequest CCCLXXIV 27 a). This is an accomplished drawing in which outline is minimal and the washes are free and expressive; it may be the work of Turner alone.
Verso:
Blank (laid down).

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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