Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas GirtinFrom Salerno, Looking towards Vietri c.1794-8

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Artists
Thomas Girtin (1775‑1802)
Title
From Salerno, Looking towards Vietri
Date c.1794-8
MediumInk wash and watercolour on paper
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D36471
Turner Bequest CCCLXXIII 58
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Thomas Girtin 1775–1802
Folio 58 Recto:
From Salerno, Looking towards Vietri c.1794–8
D36471
Turner Bequest CCCLXXIII 58
Pencil and grey and blue wash on white wove paper, 188 x 253 mm mounted on white cartridge paper, 363 x 495 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Inscribed in pencil ‘59’ on mount, top right
Stamped in black ‘CCCLXXIII – 59’ on mount, bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is based on John Robert Cozens’s (1752–1797) drawing in Beckford Sketchbook III, p.3, inscribed ‘From Salerno – Septr.19 [1782]’ (Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, D1975.6.3).1 It is interesting to note that Turner has reversed the tonal organisation of Cozens’s original.
1
Bell and Girtin 1935, p.58 under no.261; Charles Nugent, British Watercolours in the Whitworth Art Gallery, the University of Manchester: A Summary Catalogue of Drawings and Watercolours by Artists Born before 1880, London and Manchester 2003, p.94, reproduced.
Verso:
Blank (laid down).

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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