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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner An ?Italian Town with Distant Mountains c.1828-43

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
An ?Italian Town with Distant Mountains c.1828–43
D33738
Turner Bequest CCCXLI 59
Pencil on grey wove paper, 146 x 189 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘[?Tree questa]’ bottom left
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom centre
Inscribed in red ink ‘59’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCCXLI – 59’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The subject is unidentified, a walled town with a gate-tower beyond a bridge, but may be Italian; see the Introduction to this section for further brief discussion and dating. Turner’s inscription is uncertain, but may relate to a place name or an Italian phrase.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by John Ruskin in pencil ‘234 | O’ top left, upside down.

Matthew Imms
February 2016

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘An ?Italian Town with Distant Mountains 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-with-distant-mountains-r1182977, accessed 18 May 2024.