Joseph Mallord William Turner

Mountains ?in the Dolomites

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
D32347
Turner Bequest CCCXX 44

Catalogue entry

Turner used the page both ways to make at least four sketches here. It is unclear whether the upper half is a single view or overlapping scenes; the main element appears to be a gorge with a sheer cliff on the left. Below are three more mountain scenes, with the one nearest the centre featuring a distant castle tower.
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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