Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Northern Italian or Swiss Mountains


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Graphite on paper
Support: 165 x 120 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 308

Catalogue entry

The mountain valley subject at the top is unidentified, but may be in the north of Italy or neighbouring Switzerland; see the Introduction to this section for further brief discussion and dating. Turner’s brief note may relate to a place name.
There is another drawing on the verso (D34764; Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 308v); the views were made on one half of a folded sheet, with D34762 (Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 307v) opposite the present sketch and D34761 (Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 307) on its recto. For the relationship of these drawings to similar sheets, see the technical notes below.
Technical notes:
There is some spotting to the surface, either through rubbing or damp.
As discussed above, the present work is one of four accessioned drawings on a single folded sheet. Finberg listed other similar instances consecutively,1 making a total of twelve drawings of similar subjects made on three quarters (matching at the torn edges) of an original sheet measuring some 317 x 465 mm. The fourth quarter is yet to be identified, but the others are Tate D34755–D34758 (Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 304, 304v, 305, 305v), and Tate D34759, D34760, D34765 and D34766 (Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 306, 306v, 309, 309v).

Matthew Imms
February 2016

Finberg 1909, II, pp.1135–6.

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