Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas GirtinNaples: The Convent of San Martino c.1796-7

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Artists
Thomas Girtin (1775‑1802)
Title
Naples: The Convent of San Martino
Date c.1796-7
MediumGraphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensionssupport: 411 x 562 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D36555
Turner Bequest CCCLXXV 34
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Thomas Girtin 1775–1802
Naples: The Convent of San Martino c.1796–7
D36555
Turner Bequest CCCLXXV 34
Pencil and grey and grey-blue washes on white wove paper, 411 x 562 mm
Watermark ‘J WHATMAN’
Stamped in black ‘CCCLXXV – 34’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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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