Joseph Mallord William Turner

Towers and a Spire among Mountains ?in the Tyrol Alps

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
D32304
Turner Bequest CCCXX 22 a

Catalogue entry

The larger drawing, with a spire and apparently other buildings, was made with the page turned horizontally. To the left, inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, is a smaller study of what may be a ruined castle in a rugged setting, perhaps seen again on folio 23 recto opposite (D32305).
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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