Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Woman with ?Pots; Towers and a Spire in Mountain Valleys ?in the Tyrol Alps or Dolomites


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 89 × 149 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCXX 30 a

Catalogue entry

The drawings here were made with the page turned horizontally both ways. At the left is an isolated study of a woman with what appear to be pots or other small items, perhaps at an inn or market; compare the annotated group of figures on the verso (D32320). At the outer edge, framed by pencil lines, are two small landscape studies; the one beside the woman shows trees above a rocky hillside or cliff. The second is the other way up, and features towers in a mountainous setting, as does the largest of the sketches here, also aligned with the gutter at the top, with a church spire, a castle on a crag further off, and two women in the foreground.
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

See Finberg 1909, II, pp.1030–2.
See also Cecilia Powell, Turner in Germany, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1995, pp.65, 81 note 9.

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