Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas Girtin

London: The Interior of the Ruins of the Savoy Chapel


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Thomas Girtin 1775–1802
Watercolour on paper
Support: 205 × 273 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCLXXV 5

Catalogue entry

Probably commissioned by Dr Thomas Monro
Monro’s posthumous sale, Christie’s, London, 26 June 1833 (probably in 98, as one of four views of ‘Ruins of the Savoy Palace’ by Turner)
Bought by or on behalf of Turner
The pencil work is by Girtin. C.F. Bell noted that this is a copy of the watercolour by Thomas Girtin formerly in the F.P. Barnard collection, now in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.1
Thomas Girtin and David Loshak, The Art of Thomas Girtin, London 1954, p.150 no.120 (ii), fig.23; David Blayney Brown, The Earlier British Drawings: British Artists and Foreigners Working in Britain Born before C.1775, Ashmolean Museum Oxford: Catalogue of the Drawings, vol.IV, Oxford 1982, pp.332–3 no.724, pl.284.
Technical notes:
The sheet is discoloured from prolonged exposure. It is laid down on a paper mount (roughly cut from an album) with a ruled pencil border, which corresponds with the type of mount used in the two ‘Monro School’ albums at Tate (Turner Bequest CCCLXXIII, CCCLXXIV). See also Tate D36523 (Turner Bequest CCCLXXV 2).
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram; laid down on album page inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘222’, and in a later hand ‘8’.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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