Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ponte nelle Alpi (formerly Capodiponte), near Belluno; Mountains ?in the 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
D32390
Turner Bequest CCCXX 65 a

Catalogue entry

The two drawings here were made with the page turned horizontally both ways. The main view shows rugged mountains; the smaller view is labelled to indicate Capodiponte, the old name for Ponte nelle Alpi, which sits within a bend of the River Piave just north-east of Belluno (see folio 66 verso; D32392). The meaning of the abbreviated inscription with a line leading to a distant feature is unclear. There is another view on folio 60 recto (D32379).
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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