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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner St Jerome, after Correggio, and Colour Trials 1802

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 64 Recto:
St Jerome, after Correggio, and Colour Trials 1802
Turner Bequest LXXII 64
Pencil, with red and blue watercolour, and some scratching out, on white wove paper prepared with a reddish grey wash, 128 x 114 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘64’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘LXXII–64’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Correggio’s (Antonio Allegri, called Correggio circa 1495–1534) picture of the Virgin and Child with St Jerome, Mary Magdalen and the infant St John the Baptist (‘Il Giorno’) was commissioned for a family chapel in Sant’Antonio, Parma in 1523. One of the most famous Grand Tour sights of the eighteenth century it was an obvious candidate for French plunder in 1796 and a great trophy. It was returned in 1815 (Parma, Galleria Nazionale). For Turner’s notes on it see folios 34, 33 verso of this sketchbook (D04318, D04317), and also folios 71 verso, 72 verso of his Small Calais Pier sketchbook (Tate D04262, D04264, Turner Bequest LXXI 62a, 63a). There are colour trials of red and blue wash for the study at lower right of the image.

David Blayney Brown
July 2005

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘St Jerome, after Correggio, and Colour Trials 1802 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 2005, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-st-jerome-after-correggio-and-colour-trials-r1129767, accessed 21 November 2019.