Joseph Mallord William Turner

Rocky Cliffs, Seen from Below

1798–9

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 174 x 125 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D01799
Turner Bequest XLII 124

Catalogue entry

The drawing is continued on folio 63 recto opposite (D01800; Turner Bequest XLII 125). The following view, on folios 63 verso–64 recto (D01801–D01802; Turner Bequest XLII 126–127), may have been made at the same place.
The inscription on D01800 is difficult to interpret; it perhaps reads ‘Tivolly’, but may not refer to Tivoli at all, since Turner knew that Italian site only from drawings he had copied under the aegis of Dr Thomas Monro (see the ‘Monro School c.1794–8’ section of this catalogue), it would seem surprising that he should be reminded of it in this context.

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

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