J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas Girtin A Ruined Tower on a Knoll in a River among Mountains c.1796

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Thomas Girtin 1775–1802
A Ruined Tower on a Knoll in a River among Mountains c.1796
D36648
Turner Bequest CCCLXXIX 21
Pencil and watercolour on white wove paper, 183 x 248 mm
Watermark ‘J WHATMAN’
Stamped in black ‘CCCLXXIX – 21’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Provenance:
Probably commissioned by Dr Thomas Monro
Monro’s posthumous sale, Christie’s, London, 26–28 June and 1–2 July 1833 (day and lot number not known)
Bought by or on behalf of Turner
The pencil work is by Girtin. This was presumably copied from a sketch by John Robert Cozens (1752–1797).
Technical notes:
A portion of the sheet has been torn away t the lower left.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by Thomas Girtin in pencil ‘Near Coire in the Grisons’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘A Ruined Tower on a Knoll in a River among Mountains c.1796 by Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas Girtin’, catalogue entry, April 2012, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-thomas-girtin-a-ruined-tower-on-a-knoll-in-a-river-among-r1141292, accessed 24 September 2014.