Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas GirtinView in Cumberland, Looking over Hills towards the Irish Sea and the Isle of Man c.1795-7

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Artists
Thomas Girtin (1775‑1802)
Title
View in Cumberland, Looking over Hills towards the Irish Sea and the Isle of Man
Date c.1795-7
MediumWatercolour on paper
Dimensionssupport: 192 x 244 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D36544
Turner Bequest CCCLXXV 23
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Thomas Girtin 1775–1802
View in Cumberland, Looking over Hills towards the Irish Sea and the Isle of Man c.1795–7
D36544
Turner Bequest CCCLXXV 23
Pencil and grey and grey-blue wash on white wove paper, 192 x 244 mm
Stamped in black ‘CCCLXXV – 23’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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. A similar view near Ireton is in the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA.1 It has the same format as this sheet, but rather than being in monochrome uses a limited range of colours. The two drawings, which are similar in format and style, were presumably copied from originals by the same artist, possibly Edward Dayes (1763–1804). Compare Tate D36355 (Turner Bequest CCCLXXI M).
1
Andrew Wilton, Turner, Girtin and Bonington in a New York Collection: Paintings, Watercolours and Drawings, New York 2001, p.37 no.7.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed, apparently by Thomas Girtin in pencil ‘descent from [?Great Knot] towards Ireton Cumberland | Isle of Man in distance’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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