This mountainous subject is unidentified, but may be in the north of Italy or neighbouring Switzerland; see the Introduction to this section for further brief discussion and dating. Turner’s inscription is uncertain, and the loosely drawn scene may in fact be vertically orientated, with what may be an associated place name at the bottom left.
Finberg noted: ‘(Nos. [Turner Bequest CCCXLIV] 174–226 were among the contents of a parcel endorsed by Mr. [John] Ruskin, – “B. 2. Forty-eight pieces of paper, some double or 4-ple. Pencil outline, same class as B. 1.”).’1
Finberg 1909, II, p.1123.
The unusually heavy textured paper matches that of another sheet used for similar subjects (Tate D34586–D34589; Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 192–193v) and the two were originally one, having been folded into quarters and torn in half. One side appears to have been prepared with a light grey-brown wash.