Joseph Mallord William Turner

View of a Distant Town or City, ?France

1820

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Dimensions
Support: 94 x 115 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16877
Turner Bequest CXCIII 99 a

Catalogue entry

This rough sketch appears to depict the silhouette of a distant city or town. It is probably related to Turner’s return journey through France from Italy in January 1820. The hasty, schematic nature of the draughtsmanship suggests that the artist was working from a moving vehicle whilst on the road.

Nicola Moorby
March 2011

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