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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner An ?Italian Town on the Banks of a River c.1828-43

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
An ?Italian Town on the Banks of a River c.1828–43
Turner Bequest CCCXLI 330
Pencil on grey wove paper, 150 x 231 mm
Inscribed in red ink ‘330’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCCXLI – 330’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This urban riverside subject is unidentified, but may be Italian; see the Introduction to this section for further brief discussion and dating. Finberg’s assertion of ‘Roman ruins’1 within the view is a little unclear, unless he meant the arcaded buildings high on the left bank.
Finberg 1909, II, p.1084.
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘431’ bottom left and ‘405’ top right, upside down; inscribed in pencil ‘330’ towards bottom right. There are remnants of white paper from a former mount at the corners.

Matthew Imms
February 2016

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘An ?Italian Town on the Banks of a River 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-town-on-the-banks-of-a-river-r1183037, accessed 20 May 2024.