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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner An ?Italian Hill Town c.1828-43

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
An ?Italian Hill Town c.1828–43
Turner Bequest CCCXLI 319
Pencil on grey wove paper, 150 x 224 mm
Inscribed in red ink ‘319’ bottom right (now faint)
Stamped in black ‘CCCXLI – 319’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The scene, buildings on the side of a hill seen from below, is unidentified, but may be Italian; see the Introduction to this section for further brief discussion and dating. Finberg’s described the subject as ‘Ruins’,1 but the roughness of the forms appears symptomatic of Turner’s haste rather than the state of the houses.
Finberg 1909, II, p.1083.
Blank; inscribed by John Ruskin in pencil ‘241 | O’ top left, upside down; inscribed in pencil ‘319’ at centre.

Matthew Imms
February 2016

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘An ?Italian Hill Town 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-hill-town-r1183033, accessed 20 May 2024.