View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms
Traditionally suggested as a view in the South of France, the subject now identified was noted by Turner scholar Ian Warrell ahead of the touring 2010 Watercolour in Britain exhibition. Priamar is a fortress at Savona, on the Mediterranean coast in the north-west of Italy. Turner passed that way in 1828 as he travelled to Rome, and again perhaps in 1837; see the entry for Tate D33718 (Turner Bequest CCCXLI 39), a view of nearby Genoa.
The first cataloguer of the Turner Bequest, John Ruskin, described the work’s handling as ‘Fine, but a little hard and mannered.’1
Cook and Wedderburn 1904, p.386.
Blank; inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘[...]’ bottom right (number obscured); inscribed in pencil ‘20b’ right of centre; inscribed in pencil ‘CCLIX.140’ bottom centre; stamped in black with Turner Bequest monogram over ‘CCLIX – 140’ at centre.