Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas Girtin

?The Ruins of the Savoy Palace

c.1794–8

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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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
D36498
Turner Bequest CCCLXXIV 20

Catalogue entry

Provenance:
Probably commissioned by Dr Thomas Monro
Monro’s posthumous sale, Christie’s, London, 26 June 1833 (probably in 98, as one of four views of ‘Ruins of the Savoy Palace’ by Turner)
Bought by or on behalf of Turner
This sheet was probably not originally in the album. It seems to be one of the four Savoy drawings in Monro’s sale (lot 98) which were apparently acquired by Turner, hence the individual provenance given for this work; for the album’s general provenance see the introduction. Other ‘Monro School’ Savoy subjects are Tate D36523 and D36526 (Turner Bequest CCCLXXV 2, 5).
Technical notes:
The drawing is discoloured from prolonged exposure.
Verso:
Blank (laid down).

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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