Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas Girtin

The Convent of Vallombrosa

c.1797

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Artists
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Thomas Girtin 1775–1802
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 470 x 610 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D36556
Turner Bequest CCCLXXV 35

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
The pencil work is by Girtin. This was copied from a sketch or, more probably given its size, a finished watercolour, probably by John Robert Cozens (1752–1797).
Technical notes:
This is one of the few ‘Monro’ drawings to have been executed on a Continental laid paper; compare Tate D36549 (Turner Bequest CCCLXXV 28).
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by Thomas Girtin in pencil ‘Convent of Valombrosa’; not stamped.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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