Joseph Mallord William Turner

Mountains with a Distant Castle or Walled Town, ?between Trieste and Graz


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 127 × 198 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXCIX 54 a

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally, there appear to be at least three bands of rapid, loosely drawn hill scenes, with suggestions here and there of more regular elements likely indicating fortifications or settlements. They may be successive views of the same area, perhaps with initial letters inscribed towards the top right and centre right (possibly an ‘S’ and a ‘T’ respectively), presumably as attempted memoranda of unfamiliar place names.
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.

Matthew Imms
September 2018

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