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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner A Ruined ?Italian Castle on a Rock c.1828-43

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
A Ruined ?Italian Castle on a Rock c.1828–43
D33960
Turner Bequest CCCXLI 246
Pencil on buff wove paper, 151 x 224 mm
Inscribed in red ink ‘246’ bottom right (now faint)
Inscribed in pencil ‘246’top left, upside down
Stamped in black ‘CCCXLI – 246’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The subject, a substantial ruined fortress high above other buildings and trees, is unidentified, but may be Italian; see the Introduction to this section for further brief discussion and dating. The same scene is shown from a different angle in Tate D33959 (Turner Bequest CCCXLI 245).
There is another drawing on the verso, repeating part of the view (D33961; Turner Bequest CCCXLI 246v).

Matthew Imms
January 2016

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘A Ruined ?Italian Castle on a Rock c.1828–43 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 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-ruined-italian-castle-on-a-rock-r1183017, accessed 20 May 2024.