Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Northern Italian or Swiss Mountains


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Support: 140 × 191 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 192v

Catalogue entry

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. Its orientation is uncertain, but it may show a valley, drawn vertically with the fold at the left.
There is another mountain drawing on the recto (D34586; Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 192); the views were made on one half of a folded sheet, with D34588 (Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 193) opposite the present sketch and D34589 (Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 193v) on its verso.
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.
Technical notes:
The unusually heavy textured paper matches that of another sheet used for similar subjects (Tate D34577–D34580; Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 187–188v) 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.

Matthew Imms
February 2016

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