Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas Girtin

On the Reichenbach

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
D36478
Turner Bequest CCCLXXIV 1

Catalogue entry

This was copied from a drawing by John Robert Cozens (1752–1797) in the ‘Payne Knight’ series, now lost.1 Turner was to make spectacular watercolours of the Reichenbach after his own journey to Switzerland in 1802.2
1
See Bell and Girtin 1935, pp.30–1 under no.20.
2
See Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.341 nos.362, reproduced (Courtauld Gallery, London), 367, reproduced (Cecil Higgins Art Gallery, Bedford).
Verso:
Blank (laid down); the inscription (probably by Thomas Girtin in pencil) noted by Finberg and transcribed as the work’s title, ‘View of the Riquenbac’, is no longer apparent.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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