Joseph Mallord William Turner

Buildings on a Hill by a Lake or River, with a Stormy Sky

c.1820–40

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 194 × 281 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25377
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 254

Catalogue entry

This study has a more topographical air than many in the present generic section, but if so the subject is as yet unidentified. There is a pale building indicated rather perfunctorily on the hill to the right which, by the light showing through its windows, may be a ruin; and the vertical form extending above the skyline to its left may be a separate tower. Eric Shanes has tentatively proposed a connection with Turner’s ‘French Rivers’ series of the late 1820s and early 1830s, many of which were executed on somewhat smaller sheets of blue paper (Tate, including Turner Bequest CCLIX, and elsewhere).1
Subject to a subsequent identification, in the absence of clear landmarks in the composition and given the lack of a watermark the sheet has been left for the present in the context of generic landscapes. Other views in this section with distant towers or castles among hills include Tate D25267, D25321, D25335, D25351 and D25359 (Turner Bequest CCLXIII 145, 199, 213, 229, 237).
1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, pp.409–17 nos.930–990.
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Matthew Imms
December 2015

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