Joseph Mallord William Turner

Mountain Views including Buildings and Lago di Santa Croce, near Belluno

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: 149 × 89 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D32404
Turner Bequest CCCXX 72 a

Catalogue entry

There are four rapid mountain views here, one above the other including two with slight outlines of buildings; the bottom one is inverted, and Finberg later annotated his 1909 Inventory entry including his reading of Turner’s note (‘“Lago St. Croce.”’): ‘btwn Belluno & Serravalle’.1 For numerous sketches in and around Belluno to the north-west, see under folio 66 verso (D32392), and for Serravalle, now part of Vittorio Veneto to the south, under folio 75 verso (D32410). Folio 73 verso (D32406) may show Lago Morta, a little way along the road south.
A long sequence of sketches, mostly characterised as ‘Mountains’ by Finberg (with occasional identifications and transcriptions of the place names marked by the artist), lies between folios 7 recto and 76 recto (D32275–D32411).2 See the sketchbook’s Introduction for the likely overall route between Bregenz and Venice.3

Matthew Imms
September 2018

1
Undated MS note by Finberg (died 1939) in interleaved copy of Finberg 1909, Prints and Drawings Room, Tate Britain, II, opposite p.1032.
2
See Finberg 1909, II, pp.1030–2.
3
See also Cecilia Powell, Turner in Germany, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1995, pp.65, 81 note 9.

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