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
D32374
Turner Bequest CCCXX 57 a

Catalogue entry

The drawing was made with the page turned horizontally. There appears to be a square tower outlined on towards the left. The peak of the mountain in the background is continued on folio 58 recto opposite (D32375).
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 left, which has soaked through from the recto (D32374).

Matthew Imms
September 2018

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