Joseph Mallord William Turner

An ?Italian Harbour, with Shipping, Possibly Genoa

c.1828–43

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 140 × 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D33756
Turner Bequest CCCXLI 77

Catalogue entry

The subject of this harbour scene with shipping is unidentified, but may be Italian, and possibly at Genoa, as the sheet is numbered successively with a definite Genoa view (Tate D33755; Turner Bequest CCCXLI 76); see the Introduction to this section for further brief discussion and dating. Details, notably the line of the hull in the foreground, are picked out in red chalk in addition to the more customary white highlights; there also appears to be a written note of a blue item, perhaps a chequered flag or sail.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by John Ruskin in pencil ‘234 | O’ bottom right.

Matthew Imms
February 2016

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