Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas Girtin

Naples: The Convent of San Martino

c.1796–7

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Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 411 x 562 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D36555
Turner Bequest CCCLXXV 34

Catalogue entry

Provenance:
Probably commissioned by Dr Thomas Monro
Monro’s posthumous sale, Christie’s, London, 26–28 June and 1–2 July 1833 (day and lot number not known)
Bought by or on behalf of Turner
The pencil work is by Girtin. This was probably copied from a sketch or watercolour by John Robert Cozens. The identification of the subject is due to J.P. Heseltine.1 The unwashed foreground of this drawing is a particularly clear example of Girtin’s pencil work.
1
MS note, Tate catalogue files.
Verso:
Blank; not stamped.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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