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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Graz from the East 1840

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 48 Recto:
Graz from the East 1840
Turner Bequest CCXCIX 48
Pencil on cream wove paper, 127 x 198 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘48’ top right, ascending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCXCIX – 48’ top right, ascending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the page turned horizontally, both the upper and lower views show the outskirts of Graz, looking west1 to the Schlossberg, rising north of the cluster of domes and spires in the city’s centre. Turner’s views of Graz are mainly concentrated between folios 41 verso and the present page (D30079–D30092), and were likely made in reverse of the sketchbook’s present foliated order; see under D30079 for further discussion.2 Folio 47 verso opposite and the verso of the present page (D30091, D30093), previously also thought to show Graz, are now identified as views of Ljubljana; see also folios 49 recto and verso (D30094–D30095).

Matthew Imms
September 2018

See Powell 1995, p.240.
See also ibid., pp.66, 81 note 22.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Graz from the East 1840 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2018, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2019, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-graz-from-the-east-r1196942, accessed 21 May 2022.