Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas Girtin

The Fall of the Reichenbach

c.1794–8

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Artists
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Thomas Girtin 1775–1802
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
None
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D36480
Turner Bequest CCCLXXIV 3

Catalogue entry

The work is mounted with the album page turned vertically. This is after the drawing by John Robert Cozens (1752–1797) from the Payne Knight series formerly in the collections of Herbert Horne and Sir Edward Marsh.1 Turner was to make spectacular watercolours of the Reichenbach after his own journey to Switzerland in 1802.2
1
Bell and Girtin 1935, p.31 no.23.
2
See Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.341 nos.362, reproduced (Courtauld Gallery, London), 367, reproduced (Cecil Higgins Art Gallery, Bedford).
Verso:
Blank (laid down); the inscription (probably by Thomas Girtin in pencil) noted by Finberg and transcribed as the work’s title, ‘Riquenbac’, is no longer apparent.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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