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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner An ?Italian River, with a Distant Town c.1828-43

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
An ?Italian River, with a Distant Town c.1828–43
Turner Bequest CCCXLI 280
Pencil on off-white wove paper, 145 x 225 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘[?E...]’ bottom right
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram towards bottom right
Inscribed in red ink ‘280’ bottom right (now faint)
Stamped in black ‘CCCXLI – 280’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The subject, distant buildings views from a river bank with tall cypress trees, is unidentified, but may be Italian; see the Introduction to this section for further brief discussion and dating. Turner appears to have scrawled a place name in the foreground, but little can be made of it.
Blank; inscribed by John Ruskin in pencil ‘241 | O’ bottom right; inscribed in pencil ‘280’ bottom right.

Matthew Imms
February 2016

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘An ?Italian River, with a Distant 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-river-with-a-distant-town-r1183029, accessed 18 May 2024.