Joseph Mallord William TurnerTwo Sketches c.1819

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Artist
Title
Two Sketches
From Italian Guide Book Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLXXII
Date c.1819
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 99 x 155 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13988
Turner Bequest CLXXII 30
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 30 Recto:
Two Sketches circa 1819
D13988
Turner Bequest CLXXII 30
Pencil on white wove paper, 99 x 155 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘30’ top right, ascending right hand edge
Stamped in black ‘CLXXII 30’ top right, ascending right hand edge
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The subject of these two sketches has not been identified. They appear to show a man-made construction, possibly related to shipbuilding. It is not known whether they relate to Turner’s 1819 Italian tour or predate it.

Nicola Moorby
July 2008

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