Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Castle among Mountains ?in the Tyrol Alps

1840

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 89 × 149 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D32311
Turner Bequest CCCXX 26

Catalogue entry

The main drawing, made with the page turned horizontally, shows a tower or castle in a rugged setting. At right-angles to the left and at the bottom centre are continuations of similar mountain views from folio 25 verso opposite (D32310). It is unclear whether the inverted inscription at the gutter, presumably noting a place name, relates to that page or this.
A long sequence of sketches, mostly characterised as ‘Mountains’ by Finberg (with occasional identifications and transcriptions of the place names marked by the artist), lies between folios 7 recto and 76 recto (D32275–D32411).1 See the sketchbook’s Introduction for the likely overall route between Bregenz and Venice.2

Matthew Imms
September 2018

1
See Finberg 1909, II, pp.1030–2.
2
See also Cecilia Powell, Turner in Germany, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1995, pp.65, 81 note 9.

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