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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Sunrise in Mist: ?Italian Lake Scene c.1828-43

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Sunrise in Mist: ?Italian Lake Scene c.1828–43
Turner Bequest CCXCII 43
Gouache and watercolour on grey wove paper, 141 x 191 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom left
Stamped in black ‘CCXCII 43’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The subject of this hilly waterside scene is unidentified, with no clear landmarks, but may be Italian; see the Introduction to this section for further brief discussion and dating. Finberg’s 1909 Inventory title1 has been retained here almost unchanged, although how he arrived at an Italian identification is unclear; he may have adopted an existing title from a checklist of the ongoing Fifth Loan Collection from the Turner Bequest, which did not have a printed catalogue.
See Finberg 1909, II, p.940.
Technical notes:
Although there are no obvious signs of localised damage, the odd effects of the bright, streaked sky with an area of effectively bare paper at the centre may stem from exposure to water in the course of the 1928 Tate Gallery flood.
Blank; inscribed in pencil ‘CCXCII 43’ top left. There are remnants of adhesive and paper at the corners from when the sheet was formerly mounted for display.

Matthew Imms
February 2016

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Sunrise in Mist: ?Italian Lake Scene c.1828–43 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-sunrise-in-mist-italian-lake-scene-r1182961, accessed 18 May 2024.