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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner A ?Northern Italian or Swiss Mountain Valley c.1828-44

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
A ?Northern Italian or Swiss Mountain Valley c.1828–44
Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 211
Pencil on white wove paper, 91 x 229 mm
Inscribed in red ink ‘211’ top left, upside down
Stamped in black ‘CCCXLIV 211’ top left, upside down
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This mountainous subject, with a road or river on the right, 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 are other mountain drawings on the verso (D34623; Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 211v); the views were made on one half of a folded sheet, with D34621 (Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 210v) opposite the present sketch and D34620 (Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 210) on its recto.
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

Matthew Imms
February 2016

Finberg 1909, II, p.1123.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘A ?Northern Italian or Swiss Mountain Valley 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-mountain-valley-r1183070, accessed 27 May 2024.