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: 89 × 149 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D32364
Turner Bequest CCCXX 52 a

Catalogue entry

The drawing was made with the page turned horizontally. Finberg later annotated his 1909 Inventory entry including his reading of Turner’s note (‘“Cavalti” (? Cavallo)’): ‘?M Cristallo’.1 This would indicate Monte Cristallo, near Cortina, but seems too far removed from the inscription, which does resemble Finberg’s first thought and remains to be convincingly interpreted.
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.1031.
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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