Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas Girtin

On the River Acquacetosa

c.1798

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Artists
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Thomas Girtin 1775–1802
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 319 x 503 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D36547
Turner Bequest CCCLXXV 26

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
This was probably copied from a sketch or watercolour by John Robert Cozens (1752–1797). The pencil underdrawing seems to be by Turner. Another view on this river is in the first Monro album (Tate D36465; Turner Bequest CCCLXXIII 52).
Verso:
Blank; inscribed, possibly by Thomas Girtin, in pencil ‘Aqua acetosa’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram; some paint smudges, perhaps a result of the 1928 Tate flood.
As in the case of Tate D36532 (Turner Bequest CCCLXXV 11), the attribution of the inscription to Girtin is at odds with an ascription of the pencil work in this sheet to Turner alone.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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