Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas GirtinOn the Tiber near Ponte Molle c.1794-8

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Artists
Thomas Girtin (1775‑1802)
Title
On the Tiber near Ponte Molle
Date c.1794-8
MediumInk wash and watercolour on paper
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D36463
Turner Bequest CCCLXXIII 50
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Thomas Girtin 1775–1802
Folio 50 Recto:
On the Tiber near Ponte Molle c.1794–8
D36463
Turner Bequest CCCLXXIII 50
Pencil and grey and grey-blue wash on white wove paper, 212 x 285 mm mounted on white cartridge paper, 363 x 495 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Inscribed in pencil ‘50’ on mount, top right
Stamped in black ‘CCCLXXIII – 50’ on mount, bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Compare the 1780 watercolour On the Tiber near Ponte Molle by John Robert Cozens (1752–1797) in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.1 Finberg transcribes C.F. Bell’s comment that this is an ‘exceedingly free rendering’ of Cozens’s subject.2 Another copy from a Cozens watercolour of 1780 is the view near the Porta Pinciana, Rome, on folio 49 recto (D36462).
1
Bell and Girtin 1935, p.43 no.133.
2
MS note, Tate catalogue files.
Verso:
Blank (laid down).

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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