Joseph Mallord William Turner

Mountains and Castles ?in the Tyrol Alps

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: 89 × 149 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D32312
Turner Bequest CCCXX 26 a

Catalogue entry

The main drawing, at the left, was made with the page turned horizontally. It seems to show a castle on a crag in a mountain valley, perhaps with a detail of its keep below. The detailed inscription below has yet to be fully deciphered. Those around a second view, at right-angles on the right and apparently showing a different building, are unfortunately even more resistant. The first castle is perhaps shown again in a smaller drawing on folio 27 recto opposite (D32313).
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).1 See the sketchbook’s Introduction for the likely overall route between Bregenz and Venice.2

Matthew Imms
September 2018

1
See Finberg 1909, II, pp.1030–2.
2
See also Cecilia Powell, Turner in Germany, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1995, pp.65, 81 note 9.

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