Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Tower 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: 89 × 149 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D32371
Turner Bequest CCCXX 56

Catalogue entry

The drawing was made with the page turned horizontally. There appears to be a tower in the valley towards the bottom left. The peak of the jagged central mountain is continued across the gutter on folio 55 verso opposite (D32370).
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
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.
Technical notes:
There is an irregular brown stain at the bottom right, which has soaked through from the verso (D32372).

Matthew Imms
September 2018

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