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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner A ?Northern Italian or Swiss Mountain Valley, with a Distant Settlement c.1828-44

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
A ?Northern Italian or Swiss Mountain Valley, with a Distant Settlement c.1828–44
D34503
Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 140
Pencil on white wove paper, 280 x 366 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘[?Astmangoli]’ centre right, and ‘[W... | ...]’ towards bottom left
Stamped in black ‘CCCLXIV -140’ top left, upside down
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This mountainous subject 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 seems to be a settlement with spires in the distance, above which Turner has written what Finberg tentatively read as ‘Astmangoli’,1 presumably a place name, although it and the scrawled notes in the foreground have so far resisted clarification.
1
Finberg 1909, II, p.1119.
Technical notes:
This work comprises one face of a quarter of a folded sheet; the various other unidentified central European subjects on the recto and verso of the overall sheet are addressed elsewhere in the present catalogue (Tate D34500–D34502, D34504, D34505; Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 137 , 138, 139, 141, 142).
Verso:
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Matthew Imms
February 2016

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘A ?Northern Italian or Swiss Mountain Valley, with a Distant Settlement 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-with-a-distant-r1183048, accessed 27 May 2024.