Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas Girtin

View of the Alps from near Turin

c.1796

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
Support: 183 x 254 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D36569
Turner Bequest CCCLXXVI 10

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 by John Robert Cozens (1752–1797), presumably bearing the title transcribed by Girtin on the verso. Finberg and Warrell note the related Cozens watercolour Valley with Winding Streams in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (D.708).
Technical notes:
The sheet is faded and discoloured from prolonged exposure. There is a ruled pencil line approximately 7 mm from the bottom edge.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by Girtin in pencil ‘Plains near Turin with | the Alps near Mt Cenis’; and in a later hand ‘No 2’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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