Joseph Mallord William Turner

An ?Italian Waterfront, with Distant Mountains

c.1828–43

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Chalk and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 141 x 193 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D33749
Turner Bequest CCCXLI 70

Catalogue entry

This waterfront subject, either on the coast or perhaps a lake with a large boat under construction below Baroque towers and a dome, is currently unidentified, but may be Italian; see the Introduction to this section for further brief discussion and dating.
There is a slight additional sketch at the top left, possibly continuing the main view a little to the left. The same scene is shown with the buildings in slightly less detail in Tate D33724 (Turner Bequest CCCXLI 45).
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by John Ruskin in pencil ‘53 | O’ bottom right.

Matthew Imms
February 2016

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