Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas GirtinA View at Civita Castellana c.1794-8

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Artists
Thomas Girtin (1775‑1802)
Date c.1794-8
MediumWatercolour on paper
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D36487
Turner Bequest CCCLXXIV 10
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Thomas Girtin 1775–1802
Folio 10 Recto:
A View at Civita Castellana c.1794–8
D36487
Turner Bequest CCCLXXIV 10
Pencil and grey and grey-blue wash on white wove paper, 277 x 179 mm mounted on white cartridge paper, 480 x 368 mm
Inscribed in a later hand in pencil ‘“Part of Civita Castellana between Narni & Rome”’ on mount, bottom left, descending vertically
Inscribed in pencil ‘10’ on mount, bottom right, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCCLXXIV – 10’ on mount, bottom left, descending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The work is mounted with the album page turned vertically. It was copied from a drawing by John Robert Cozens (1752–1797);1 the related Beaumont tracing (after Cozens), no.20 (kk 38), is in the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven.2
1
Bell and Girtin 1935, p.39 no.95.
2
Ibid., under no.95.
Verso:
Blank (laid down); the inscription (probably by Thomas Girtin in pencil) noted by Finberg and transcribed as the work’s title, ‘Part of Civita Castellana, between Narni and Rome’, is no longer apparent.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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