Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas Girtin

Distant View of the Alps from ?Modena, with a Church among Trees

c.1796

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Artists
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Thomas Girtin 1775–1802
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 160 x 238 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D36564
Turner Bequest CCCLXXVI 5

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. This was presumably copied from a sketch by John Robert Cozens (1752–1797), whose title was transcribed on the verso by Girtin.
Technical notes:
The top right corner has been torn away.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by Girtin in pencil ‘Mountains of the Grisons from the Walls of [...]’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.
Finberg transcribed the final word of the inscription as ‘Milan (?)’. It is now even less visible.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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