Joseph Mallord William Turner

Profiles of Hills or Mountains

c.1817–19

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 87 x 119 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13809
Turner Bequest CLXIX 38

Catalogue entry

There are similar jagged, currently unidentified skylines on folio 37 verso opposite (D13808); see also the comparable profiles on folios 5 recto and verso (D13759, D13760). As discussed in the sketchbook’s Introduction, it is possible that they relate to Turner’s 1817 tour along the River Rhine in Germany. Turner’s two inscriptions may be attempts at the same single word, probably a place names, but as yet undeciphered.
Verso:
Blank, save for slight ink offsetting from folio 39 recto opposite (D13810).

Matthew Imms
September 2013

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