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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas Girtin At Gaeta c.1794-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Thomas Girtin 1775–1802
Folio 56 Recto:
At Gaeta c.1794–8
Turner Bequest CCCLXXIII 56
Pencil and grey and grey-blue wash on white wove paper, 177 x 266 mm mounted on white cartridge paper, 363 x 495 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Inscribed in pencil ‘56’ on mount, top right
Stamped in black ‘CCCLXXIII – 56’ on mount, bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is after a drawing by John Robert Cozens (1752–1797), recorded in Beaumont tracing no.64 (after Cozens; Yale Center for British Art, New Haven).1 Bell and Girtin describe the subject as a view ‘From near Formia looking across the bay, the promontory in the middle of the picture, wooded foreground’.
Bell and Girtin 1935, p.39 under no.98.
Blank (laid down); the inscription (probably by Thomas Girtin in pencil) noted by Finberg and transcribed as the work’s title, ‘Gaeta’, is no longer apparent.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘At Gaeta c.1794–8 by Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas Girtin’, catalogue entry, April 2012, 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-thomas-girtin-at-gaeta-r1140641, accessed 09 March 2021.