Joseph Mallord William Turner

An ?Italian River, with Buildings or Ruins on the Far Bank

c.1828–43

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 149 x 225 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D33984
Turner Bequest CCCXLI 268

Catalogue entry

The swiftly noted subject is unidentified, but the tall cypress trees at the left suggest it may be Italian; see the Introduction to this section for further brief discussion and dating. The rough forms in the foreground appear to be small boats, with the schematically rendered uprights beyond presumably indicating a bridge. Finberg described the buildings on the skyline as ‘ruins’,1 but their roughness may simply be symptomatic of Turner’s haste.
1
Finberg 1909, II, p.1079.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by John Ruskin in pencil ‘241 | O’ bottom right; inscribed in pencil ‘268’ bottom right.

Matthew Imms
January 2016

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