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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Mountains with a Distant Castle or Walled Town, ?between Trieste and Graz 1840

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 54 Recto:
Mountains with a Distant Castle or Walled Town, ?between Trieste and Graz 1840
D30104
Turner Bequest CCXCIX 54
Pencil on cream wove paper, 127 x 198 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘54’ top right, ascending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCXCIX – 54’ top right, ascending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The page has been used horizontally and also at right-angles each way to rapidly capture aspects of what appears to be a large fortified complex or walled town in hilly surroundings.
As set out in this sketchbook’s Introduction, the general flow of Turner’s itinerary is in reverse of the Turner Bequest foliation, and this page falls within a sequence between folios 55 recto and 49 recto (D30094–D30106) likely (with reservations) to show his route north-east between Trieste to Graz (see respectively under folios 57 recto and 41 verso; D30109, D30079) through the rugged terrain of modern-day Slovenia and southern Austria. See under D30094 for further discussion.

Matthew Imms
September 2018

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Mountains with a Distant Castle or Walled Town, ?between Trieste and Graz 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-with-a-distant-castle-or-walled-town-between-r1196954, accessed 04 March 2021.