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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner An ?Italian Town Square, with a Column and a Clock Tower c.1828-43

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
An ?Italian Town Square, with a Column and a Clock Tower c.1828–43
D33708
Turner Bequest CCCXLI 29
Pencil on grey wove paper, 143 x 194 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘[?wo...]’ towards bottom left
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram towards bottom right
Inscribed in red ink ‘29’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCCXLI – 29’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The urban subject is unidentified, but may be Italian; see the Introduction to this section for further brief discussion and dating. Finberg was rightly tentative in his comparison with the Palazzo del Broletto in Como’s Piazza Duomo,1 as its imposing square tower is only superficially similar. Tate D33710 (Turner Bequest CCCXLI 31) is another view of a town square.
1
See Finberg 1909, II, p.1066.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by John Ruskin in pencil ‘234 | O’ bottom right.

Matthew Imms
February 2016

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘An ?Italian Town Square, with a Column and a Clock Tower 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-square-with-a-column-and-a-clock-tower-r1182965, accessed 21 May 2024.