Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas Girtin

Monte della Madonna, near Arcquà

c.1794–8

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Artists
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Thomas Girtin 1775–1802
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
None
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D36494
Turner Bequest CCCLXXIV 16

Catalogue entry

The subject is taken from a drawing by John Robert Cozens (1752–1797) in Beckford Sketchbook I, p.25, titled ‘Monte della Madona [sic] near Arcqua the residence of Petrarch – Euganian Hills’ and dated ‘June 19 [1782]’ (Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, D1975.4.24);1 see also Beaumont tracing no.199 (after Cozens; Yale Center for British Art, New Haven). Bell and Girtin cite an inscription on the tracing stating that the view is ‘from the Hill with the convent surrounded by fir and cypress’; the convent being the subject of another watercolour, based on a drawing in Beckford Sketchbook I, p.23, titled the ‘Convent of ––– from Mirabella’ (Whitworth Art Gallery, D1975.4.23).2
1
Bell and Girtin 1935, p.54 under no.219; 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.90, reproduced.
2
Bell and Girtin 1935, p.54 under no.217; Nugent 2003, p.90, reproduced.
Verso:
Blank (laid down).

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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