Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas Girtin

Naples: The Castel Sant’Elmo

c.1794–8

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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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
D36491
Turner Bequest CCCLXXIV 13

Catalogue entry

This is a copy of a drawing by John Robert Cozens (1752–1797); see Beckford Sketchbook IV, pp.21, 22, dated ‘Nov. 10. 1782’ (Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, D1975.7.22).1 The subject is copied in reverse from p.22. The finished watercolour of this subject is now in the British Museum, London.2 Both Girtin and Turner seem to have misread Cozens’s drawing: the slope of rock in the left foreground here replaces a large shadow cast on to the wall in the original.
R. Williams, who inscribed the mount, was Research Assistant in the British Museum Department of Prints and Drawings.
1
Bell and Girtin 1935, p.65 under no.310; 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.98, reproduced.
2
Bell and Girtin 1935, p.65 no.310, as Randall Davies collection.
Verso:
Blank (laid down).

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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