Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas Girtin

Posilippo: Buildings on the Shore

c.1797

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Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 213 x 352 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D36549
Turner Bequest CCCLXXV 28

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
A sketch by John Robert Cozens (1752–1797) in Beckford Sketchbook, II, p.3 shows this subject though in a different composition. It is titled ‘From the Garden of the Villa at Pausilippo’ and dated ‘July 26’ [1782]; the buildings are noted: ‘The Promontery of Minerva – Isle of Capri – The king’s Villa – Church & Convent of Lanazzaro’ (Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, D1975.5.3).1 Despite its unusual appearance and the use of laid paper, this sheet is almost certainly, like the other drawings in this group, the work of Girtin and Turner in collaboration.
1
Bell and Girtin 135, p.55 under no.232; 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.91, reproduced.
Verso:
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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