Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas Girtin

A Capriccio with Classical Ruins and Figures

c.1794–8

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artists
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Thomas Girtin 1775–1802
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
None
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D36506
Turner Bequest CCCLXXIV 27 b

Catalogue entry

The work is mounted with the album page turned vertically, on the same sheet as D36505 (Turner Bequest CCCLXXIV 27 a). Finberg states1 that this is a copy after Giovanni Paolo Panini (1691–1765), without citing a source. It is also reminiscent of the classical fantasies of Charles-Louis Clérisseau (1721–1820). Thomas Girtin copied Clérisseau for John Henderson (1764–1843); an example from Henderson’s collection showing the Temple of Concord, Rome is in the British Museum, London (1878–12–28–35).2 See also folio 29 recto (D36507; Turner Bequest CCCLXXIV 28).
1
MS note, Tate catalogue files.
2
See Andrew Wilton, ‘The “Monro School” Question: Some Answers’, Turner Studies, vol.4, no.2, Winter 1984, p.11, ill.4.
Verso:
Blank (laid down).

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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