Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas Girtin

Anghiera on Lake Maggiore, with Mountains Beyond


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Thomas Girtin 1775–1802
Watercolour on paper
Support: 156 x 249 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCLXXVI 9

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This watercolour depicts the town of Angera, situated on the eastern shore of Lake Maggiore in northern Italy. It is one of many works made in collaboration by Thomas Girtin and JMW Turner in the London home of Dr Thomas Monro during the 1790s. Monro ran an evening academy, or ‘Manufactory’, for young artists, who were paid to copy studies by established figures such as John Robert Cozens, who probably made the original drawing this picture is based on. Generally, as in this instance, Girtin drew in the outlines of the composition while Turner supplied the washes and colour.

Gallery label, April 2007

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Catalogue entry

Probably commissioned by Dr Thomas Monro
Monro’s posthumous sale, Christie’s, London, 26–28 June and 1–2 July 1833 (day and lot number not known)
Bought by or on behalf of Turner
The pencil work is by Girtin. This was copied from a sketch by John Robert Cozens (1752–1797) in Beckford Sketchbook VI, p.25, inscribed ‘Anghiera – Lago Magiore [sic] – Octr 10 [1783]’ (Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, D1975.9.25).1
Bell and Girtin 1935, p.76 under no.406; Charles Nugent, British Watercolours in the Whitworth Art Gallery, the University of Manchester: A Summary Catalogue of Drawings and Watercolours by Artists Born before 1880, London and Manchester 2003, p.103, reproduced.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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