Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas GirtinMonte della Madonna, near Arcquà c.1794-8

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Artists
Thomas Girtin (1775‑1802)
Title
Monte della Madonna, near Arcquà
Date c.1794-8
MediumWatercolour on paper
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D36494
Turner Bequest CCCLXXIV 16
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Thomas Girtin 1775–1802
Folio 17 Recto:
Monte della Madonna, near Arcquà c.1794–8
D36494
Turner Bequest CCCLXXIV 16
Pencil and grey and blue-grey wash on white wove paper, 177 x 233 mm mounted on white cartridge paper, 368 x 480 mm
Inscribed in pencil ‘16’ on mount, top right
Stamped in black ‘CCCLXXIV – 16’ on mount, bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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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