Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Tower on Rocks above an ?Italian Mountain Pass

c.1828–43

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 142 × 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D33802
Turner Bequest CCCXLI 120

Catalogue entry

This rugged scene of a tower overlooking a valley is unidentified, but may be Italian or perhaps Swiss; see the Introduction to this section for further brief discussion and dating. Turner’s scrawled inscription is presumably a place name, but Finberg’s tentative reading of ‘Amichagla’1 does little to advance the identification.
1
Finberg 1909, II, p.1069.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by John Ruskin in pencil ‘233 | O’ bottom right.

Matthew Imms
February 2016

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