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

Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas Girtin A View on Lake Maggiore c.1798

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Thomas Girtin 1775–1802
A View on Lake Maggiore c.1798
D36532
Turner Bequest CCCLXXV 11
Pencil and grey and blue wash on white wove paper, 293 x 460 mm
Stamped in black ‘CCCLXXV – 11’ 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
This was probably copied from a sketch or watercolour by John Robert Cozens (1752–1797). The pencil underdrawing seems to be by Turner.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed, possibly by Thomas Girtin, in pencil ‘Lago Maggiore’, and in various later hands ‘137.’, ‘564’, ‘No 23’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.
The attribution of the inscription to Girtin is at odds with the strong likelihood that Turner alone was involved in making the drawing on the recto. Compare inscriptions dubiously attributable to Girtin on other drawings in this series, Tate D36538, D36547 and D36558 (Turner Bequest CCCLXXV 17, 26, 37).

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘A View on Lake Maggiore c.1798 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, http://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-thomas-girtin-a-view-on-lake-maggiore-r1141289, accessed 24 April 2014.