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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Genoa Harbour with the Lighthouse c.1828-37

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Genoa Harbour with the Lighthouse c.1828–37
Turner Bequest CCCXLI 76
Pencil and white and red chalks on grey wove paper, 143 x 191 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘B[...]o’ below left of centre
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram towards bottom right
Inscribed in red ink ‘76’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCCXLI – 76’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The subjects of this drawing, Tate D33718, D33719 and D33720 (Turner Bequest CCCXLI 39, 40, 41) are related, as Finberg noted, although his reading of Turner’s largely illegible inscription here as ‘Boromeo’ and his suggestion of the inland Borromean Islands on Lake Maggiore1 was perhaps over-speculative, as the subject of all four sketches appears to be Genoa,2 on the Mediterranean coast; see under D33718 for comparable view and notes on dating.
See also the successively numbered harbour scene, Tate D33756 (Turner Bequest CCCXLI 77), which might also be Genoa.
See Finberg 1909, II, p.1068.
See also undated MS note ‘Genoa’ by A.J. Finberg (died 1939) in interleaved copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, vol.II, opposite p.1068.
Blank; inscribed by John Ruskin in pencil ‘234 | O’ bottom right.

Matthew Imms
February 2016

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Genoa Harbour with the Lighthouse c.1828–37 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-genoa-harbour-with-the-lighthouse-r1182986, accessed 20 July 2024.