Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Lake among Mountains, Perhaps Lago di Santa Croce or Lago Morta near Belluno

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
D32407
Turner Bequest CCCXX 74

Catalogue entry

The main drawing was made with the page turned horizontally. The setting may be Lago di Santa Croce (see folio 72 verso; D32404) or Lago Morta to its south (see folio 73 verso; D32406), south-east of Belluno. There appears to be a second, overlapping sketch of crags or ruins at right-angles to the left.
The views on the verso and folio 75 recto (D32408–D32409) may show aspects of the same rugged scene. 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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