Joseph Mallord William Turner

Mountains with a Castle on the Skyline, ?between Trieste and 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
D30099
Turner Bequest CCXCIX 51 a

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally, towards the outer edge the more prominent of two sketches shows a jagged skyline, apparently surmounted by fortifications or a ruin. There are possibly buildings in the valley below to the left. Below, inverted relative to the first view, is a slighter variant.
As set out in this sketchbook’s Introduction, the general flow of Turner’s itinerary is in reverse of the Turner Bequest foliation, and this page falls within a sequence between folios 55 recto and 49 recto (D30094–D30106) likely (with reservations) to show his route north-east between Trieste to Graz (see respectively under folios 57 recto and 41 verso; D30109, D30079) through the rugged terrain of modern-day Slovenia and southern Austria. See under D30094 for further discussion.
Technical notes:
There is a pale brown stain towards the top right, at the outer edge.

Matthew Imms
September 2018

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