J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

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Joseph Mallord William Turner A Castle among Mountains ?in the Dolomites 1840

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 44 Verso:
A Castle among Mountains ?in the Dolomites 1840
Turner Bequest CCCXX 44a
Pencil on white wove paper, 149 x 89 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘F[...]’ below right of centre
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
There are three views here, one above the other, focusing on likely the same distant castle on a crag among jagged mountains. The central one appears to be annotated with a scrawled place name, beginning with ‘F’.
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

See Finberg 1909, II, pp.1030–2.
See also Cecilia Powell, Turner in Germany, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1995, pp.65, 81 note 9.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘A Castle among Mountains ?in the Dolomites 1840 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2018, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2019, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-castle-among-mountains-in-the-dolomites-r1196582, accessed 02 June 2020.