Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas Girtin

A View on Lake Maggiore

c.1798

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Artists
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Thomas Girtin 1775–1802
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 293 x 460 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D36532
Turner Bequest CCCLXXV 11

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
This was probably copied from a sketch or watercolour by John Robert Cozens (1752–1797). The pencil underdrawing seems to be by Turner.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed, possibly by Thomas Girtin, in pencil ‘Lago Maggiore’, and in various later hands ‘137.’, ‘564’, ‘No 23’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.
The attribution of the inscription to Girtin is at odds with the strong likelihood that Turner alone was involved in making the drawing on the recto. Compare inscriptions dubiously attributable to Girtin on other drawings in this series, Tate D36538, D36547 and D36558 (Turner Bequest CCCLXXV 17, 26, 37).

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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