Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Ruined Castle among Mountains ?in the Dolomites

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: 149 × 89 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D32344
Turner Bequest CCCXX 42 a

Catalogue entry

There are four quick sketches here, made with the page turned both ways up. The top and bottom views show mountains, the latter with a ruined castle in the foreground, possibly with its name scrawled below. The two studies in between appear to show similar aspects of the same building, with a sizeable gap in its wall; it is shown again on folio 43 recto opposite and its verso (D32345–D32346), and likely also on the recto of the present leaf (D32343).
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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