Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas Girtin

A River with a Mill and Two-Arched Bridge above a Weir, with a Church on the Far Bank beneath a High Cliff

c.1795–7

In Tate Britain

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Artists
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Thomas Girtin 1775–1802
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 232 x 372 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D36533
Turner Bequest CCCLXXV 12

Catalogue entry

Provenance:
Probably commissioned by Dr Thomas Monro
Monro’s posthumous sale, Christie’s, London, 26–28 June and 1–2 July 1833 (day and lot number not known)
Bought by or on behalf of Turner
The pencil work is by Girtin. Girtin’s inscription on the verso follows the pattern of the titles he copied from drawings by John Robert Cozens (1752–1797), who was presumably responsible for the original of this subject – see the two ‘Monro School’ albums (Tate; Turner Bequest CCCLXXIII, CCCLXXIV), and Tate D36529, D36531, D36543 and D36557 (Turner Bequest CCCLXXV 8, 10, 22, 36)
Technical notes:
The sheet is faded and discoloured from prolonged exposure.
Verso:
Inscribed by Thomas Girtin in pencil ‘on the road from Florence to Rome’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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