Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas GirtinThe Convent of Vallombrosa c.1797

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Thomas Girtin (1775‑1802)
Date c.1797
MediumGraphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensionssupport: 470 x 610 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCLXXV 35
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Thomas Girtin 1775–1802
The Convent of Vallombrosa c.1797
Turner Bequest CCCLXXV 35
Pencil and grey and blue wash on white laid paper, 470 x 610 mm
Watermark ‘IHS | Ivilledary’
Stamped in black ‘CCCLXXV – 35’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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).
Blank; inscribed by Thomas Girtin in pencil ‘Convent of Valombrosa’; not stamped.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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