Joseph Mallord William Turner

An ?Italian Town on the Banks of a River

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: 152 × 222 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D34051
Turner Bequest CCCXLI 331

Catalogue entry

This urban riverside subject is unidentified, but may be Italian; see the Introduction to this section for further brief discussion and dating. Finberg noted of this sheet and Tate D34052–D34061 (Turner Bequest CCCXLI 332–341): ‘The following, Nos. 331–341, were enclosed in a parcel endorsed by Mr. [John] Ruskin – “AB. 22.P.O. Pencil on grey. Slovenly” –’.1 Subsequent to the publication of his 1909 Inventory, he suggested that except the last, they are ‘all same place. ?Lyons’,2 that is Lyon, France, although their settings appear rather varied and that identification is as yet unconfirmed for any of them.
1
Finberg 1909, II, p.1084.
2
Undated MS note by Finberg (died 1939) in interleaved copy in Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, opposite p.1084.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘405’ top right, upside down; scattered dark ?glue marks; remains of paper from former mount adhering to corners.

Matthew Imms
January 2016

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