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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Mountains ?in the Dolomites 1840

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 55 Recto:
Mountains ?in the Dolomites 1840
Turner Bequest CCCXX 55
Pencil on white wove paper, 89 x 149 mm
Partial watermark ‘J H’
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Raft’ bottom centre
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘55’ top right, ascending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCCXX – 55’ top right, ascending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The drawing was made with the page turned horizontally. Turner has made a written note of a ‘Raft’ in the otherwise blank valley foreground, suggesting that this is a river gorge.
A long sequence of sketches, mostly characterised as ‘Mountains’ by Finberg (with occasional identifications and transcriptions of the place names marked by the artist), lies between folios 7 recto and 76 recto (D32275–D32411).1 See the sketchbook’s Introduction for the likely overall route between Bregenz and Venice.2

Matthew Imms
September 2018

See Finberg 1909, II, pp.1030–2.
See also Cecilia Powell, Turner in Germany, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1995, pp.65, 81 note 9.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Mountains ?in the Dolomites 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-mountains-in-the-dolomites-r1196603, accessed 25 June 2022.