Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Northern Italian or Swiss Mountains

c.1828–44

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 140 × 191 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D34589
Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 193v

Catalogue entry

This loosely rendered mountainous subject (or subjects) 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.
There is another mountain drawing on the recto (D34588; Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 193); the views were made on one half of a folded sheet, with D34586 (Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 192) opposite the present sketch and D34587 (Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 192v) 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
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Finberg 1909, II, p.1123.
Technical notes:
The unusually heavy textured paper is similar to 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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