Joseph Mallord William Turner

Mountains with Castles and a Tower ?in the Tyrol Alps or 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
D32315
Turner Bequest CCCXX 28

Catalogue entry

The page was used both ways up, with two views of perhaps the same castle on a mountain crag at the top with a separate detail at the top right; at the bottom are another mountainous view and what is likely a tall church tower with buildings around it and a castle on the heights beyond. Turner’s inscriptions, presumably noting place names, have yet to be effectively deciphered.
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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