Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas GirtinDover: A Two-Master in the Harbour, with the Castle Beyond 1795-6

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Artwork details

Artists
Thomas Girtin (1775‑1802)
Title
Dover: A Two-Master in the Harbour, with the Castle Beyond
Date 1795-6
MediumGraphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensionssupport: 344 x 425 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D36617
Turner Bequest CCCLXXVIII 2
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Thomas Girtin 1775–1802
Dover: A Two-Master in the Harbour, with the Castle Beyond 1795–6
D36617
Turner Bequest CCCLXXVIII 2
Pencil and blue and grey wash on white wove paper, 344 x 425 mm
Watermark: ‘J WHATMAN’
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCCLXXVIII – 2’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Provenance:
Probably commissioned by Dr Thomas Monro
Monro’s posthumous sale, Christie’s, London, 26 June 1833 (probably in 118, as one of nine ‘Views at Dover, &c., blue and grey’ by Turner)
Bought by ‘Churchill’, probably on behalf of Turner
The pencil work is by Girtin. The handling of the washes is more perfunctory than usual here. For the group of Dover drawings to which this belongs (Tate D36616–D36624; Turner Bequest CCCLXXVIII 1–9), see under D36616.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed in a later hand in pencil ‘No 12’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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