Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas GirtinPart of the Ruins of a Classical Temple c.1794-8

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Artwork details

Artists
Thomas Girtin (1775‑1802)
Title
Part of the Ruins of a Classical Temple
Date c.1794-8
MediumWatercolour on paper
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D36507
Turner Bequest CCCLXXIV 28
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Thomas Girtin 1775–1802
Folio 29 Recto:
Part of the Ruins of a Classical Temple c.1794–8
D36507
Turner Bequest CCCLXXIV 28
Pencil and grey and blue-grey wash on white wove paper, 271 x 192 mm mounted on white cartridge paper, 480 x 368 mm
Inscribed in pencil ‘28’ on mount, bottom right, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCCLXXIV – 28’ on mount, bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The work is mounted with the album page turned vertically. Finberg surmised1 that this, like one of the views on folio 28 recto (D36506; Turner Bequest CCCLXXIV 27 b), is a copy after Giovanni Paolo Panini (1691–1765). It may however be derived from a work by Charles-Louis Clérisseau (1721–1820) or another eighteenth-century painter of classical capricci.
1
MS note, Tate catalogue files.
Verso:
Blank (laid down).

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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