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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner An ?Italian City, with Bridges c.1828-43

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
An ?Italian City, with Bridges c.1828–43
Turner Bequest CCCXLI 247
Pencil on off-white wove paper, 147 x 225 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram towards bottom right
Inscribed in red ink ‘247’ bottom right (now faint)
Stamped in black ‘CCCXLI – 247’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The subject is unidentified, but may be an Italian city with domes and towers, a river with two bridges at the centre and a hill to the right, seen beyond trees from a high vantage point; see the Introduction to this section for further brief discussion and dating. Tate D33963, D33964 and D33965 (Turner Bequest CCCXLI 248, 249, 250) may show aspects of the hill in more detail.
Technical notes:
There is what a heavy finger print at the bottom centre, and rubbing elsewhere.
Blank; inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘441’ bottom left and in pencil 145 | O’ bottom right; inscribed in pencil ‘247’ bottom right.

Matthew Imms
February 2016

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘An ?Italian City, with Bridges c.1828–43 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-an-italian-city-with-bridges-r1183019, accessed 20 May 2024.