Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas Girtin

On the Coast of Posilippo near the Point

c.1796–7

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Artists
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Thomas Girtin 1775–1802
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 197 x 241 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D36560
Turner Bequest CCCLXXVI 1

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 copied from a sketch by John Robert Cozens (1752–1797) in Beckford Sketchbook, IV, p.5, inscribed ‘On the Coast of Pausilippo near the Point – Octr 18 – From Marechiano | which signifies Still-sea’ (Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, D1975.7.5).1 Cozens’s inscription notes ‘The arches, some antique remains ... Remains of a Temple -’.
1
Bell and Girtin 1935, p.62 under no.289; 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.97, reproduced.
Verso:
Blank; not stamped.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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