Joseph Mallord William Turner

Mountains with a Distant Tower, ?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
D30098
Turner Bequest CCXCIX 51

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally, the annotated view down a mountain valley towards a roughly indicated tower is a typical ‘carriage sketch’. The confusion of the central passage is apparently a result of Turner’s hastily using the page the other way up for a view of mountains descending to a broad valley.
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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