Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Ruined ?Italian Castle on a Rock

c.1828–43

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 × 225 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D33959
Turner Bequest CCCXLI 245

Catalogue entry

The subject, a substantial ruined fortress high above other buildings and trees, is unidentified, but may be Italian; see the Introduction to this section for further brief discussion and dating. The same scene is shown from a different angle in Tate D33960 (Turner Bequest CCCXLI 246).
Technical notes:
Paper conservator Peter Bower has noted this among numerous examples from Turner Bequest section CCCXLI of quarter sheets of paper with a watermark of letters ‘CS and laurel leaves’, paired with a separate mark of three numbers; they may come from one of the Brescia paper mill in Lombardy, from which there are comparable datable sheets from the 1830s and early 1840s.1
1
See Bower 1999, p.133 and note 1.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘427’ bottom left; inscribed by John Ruskin in pencil ‘145 | O’ bottom right; inscribed in pencil ‘244’ (sic) bottom right.

Matthew Imms
February 2016

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