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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner ?A Northern Italian or Swiss Castle on a Rock c.1828-44

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
?A Northern Italian or Swiss Castle on a Rock c.1828–44
Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 255
Pencil on off-white wove paper, 194 x 139 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram towards top centre
Inscribed in red ink ‘255’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCCXLIV 255’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Limited to the top quarter of the sheet, this mountainous subject with a fortress on a peak 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.
The work is on one half of a folded sheet, with another drawing (D34698; Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 255) on the other. They appear to have been extracted from a sewn but uncut gathering from a blank book, as both halves have a further fold with stitch holes across the centre, parallel with the main fold. D34698 retains the stitching itself.

Matthew Imms
February 2016

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘?A Northern Italian or Swiss Castle on a Rock c.1828–44 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 2016, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-a-northern-italian-or-swiss-castle-on-a-rock-r1183075, accessed 18 April 2024.