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

Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas Girtin On the Coast of Posilippo near the Point c.1796-7

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Thomas Girtin 1775–1802
On the Coast of Posilippo near the Point c.1796–7
D36560
Turner Bequest CCCLXXVI 1
Pencil and blue and grey washes on white wove paper, 197 x 241 mm
Stamped in black ‘CCCLXXVI – 1’ 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 copied from a sketch by John Robert Cozens (1752–1797) in Beckford Sketchbook, IV, p.5, inscribed ‘On the Coast of Pausilippo near the Point – Octr 18 – From Marechiano | which signifies Still-sea’ (Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, D1975.7.5).1 Cozens’s inscription notes ‘The arches, some antique remains ... Remains of a Temple -’.
1
Bell and Girtin 1935, p.62 under no.289; Charles Nugent, British Watercolours in the Whitworth Art Gallery, the University of Manchester: A Summary Catalogue of Drawings and Watercolours by Artists Born before 1880, London and Manchester 2003, p.97, reproduced.
Verso:
Blank; not stamped.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘On the Coast of Posilippo near the Point c.1796–7 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-on-the-coast-of-posilippo-near-the-point-r1141277, accessed 26 May 2015.