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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner A Tower in a ?Northern Italian or Swiss Mountain Pass c.1828-44

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
A Tower in a ?Northern Italian or Swiss Mountain Pass c.1828–44
Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 181v
Pencil on white wove paper, 91 x 230 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This mountainous subject, with a tall tower in a rocky ravine, 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 recto (D34565; Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 181); the views were made on one half of a folded sheet, with D34567 (Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 182) opposite the present sketch and D34568 (Turner Bequest CCCXLIV 182v) 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

Matthew Imms
February 2016

Finberg 1909, II, p.1123.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘A Tower in a ?Northern Italian or Swiss Mountain Pass 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-tower-in-a-northern-italian-or-swiss-mountain-pass-r1183053, accessed 27 May 2024.