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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner A Road through ?Northern Italian or Swiss Mountains c.1828-44

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
A Road through ?Northern Italian or Swiss Mountains c.1828–44
Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 187v
Pencil on off-white wove paper, 139 x 191 mm
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 is a rougher mountain drawing on the recto (D34577; Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 187); the views were made on one half of a folded sheet, with D34579 (Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 188) opposite the present sketch and D34580 (Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 188v) on its verso.
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
Finberg 1909, II, p.1123.
Technical notes:
The unusually heavy textured paper matches that of another sheet used for similar subjects (Tate D34586–D34589; Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 192–193v) and the two were originally one, having been folded into quarters and torn in half. One side appears to have been prepared with a light grey-brown wash.

Matthew Imms
February 2016

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘A Road through ?Northern Italian or Swiss Mountains 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-road-through-northern-italian-or-swiss-mountains-r1183057, accessed 27 May 2024.