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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner An ?Italian Harbour, with Shipping, Possibly Genoa c.1828-43

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
An ?Italian Harbour, with Shipping, Possibly Genoa c.1828–43
Turner Bequest CCCXLI 77
Pencil and red and white chalks on grey wove paper, 140 x 189 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘[?Blu chqd c...]’ towards bottom left
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram towards bottom right
Inscribed in red ink ‘77’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCCXLI – 77’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The subject of this harbour scene with shipping is unidentified, but may be Italian, and possibly at Genoa, as the sheet is numbered successively with a definite Genoa view (Tate D33755; Turner Bequest CCCXLI 76); see the Introduction to this section for further brief discussion and dating. Details, notably the line of the hull in the foreground, are picked out in red chalk in addition to the more customary white highlights; there also appears to be a written note of a blue item, perhaps a chequered flag or sail.
Blank; inscribed by John Ruskin in pencil ‘234 | O’ bottom right.

Matthew Imms
February 2016

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘An ?Italian Harbour, with Shipping, Possibly Genoa 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-harbour-with-shipping-possibly-genoa-r1182987, accessed 20 May 2024.