Joseph Mallord William Turner

Mountain Scenes with Distant Castles, ?near Graz

1840

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 127 × 198 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D30002
Turner Bequest CCXCIX 1

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally both ways, there appear to be at least four overlapping sketches here,1 showing mountainous views and distant castles, with scattered written notes. The inscription over the skyline at the top right includes the word ‘Gratz’, the customary spelling at that time for Graz (see under folio 41 verso; D30079), and these views may have been made as Turner approached north-eastwards through the rugged landscape from Trieste (see under folio 57 recto; D30109).
Compare the view or views inside the front cover opposite (D41222).
1
See Powell 1995, p.242.
Technical notes:
There is staining towards the bottom left and right offset from where leather pencil loops are secured under the paste-down inside the front cover opposite (D41222).

Matthew Imms
September 2018

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