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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas Girtin ?The Ruins of the Savoy Palace c.1794-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Thomas Girtin 1775–1802
Folio 21 Recto:
?The Ruins of the Savoy Palace c.1794–8
Turner Bequest CCCLXXIV 20
Pencil and grey and a little blue-grey wash on white wove paper, 206 x 300 mm mounted on white cartridge paper, 368 x 480 mm
Inscribed in pencil ‘[?Bw]’ and ‘[?ver W]’ on wall within the drawing
Inscribed in pencil ’20 42’ on mount, top right
Stamped in black ‘CCCLXXIV – 20’ on mount, bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Probably commissioned by Dr Thomas Monro
Monro’s posthumous sale, Christie’s, London, 26 June 1833 (probably in 98, as one of four views of ‘Ruins of the Savoy Palace’ by Turner)
Bought by or on behalf of Turner
This sheet was probably not originally in the album. It seems to be one of the four Savoy drawings in Monro’s sale (lot 98) which were apparently acquired by Turner, hence the individual provenance given for this work; for the album’s general provenance see the introduction. Other ‘Monro School’ Savoy subjects are Tate D36523 and D36526 (Turner Bequest CCCLXXV 2, 5).
Technical notes:
The drawing is discoloured from prolonged exposure.
Blank (laid down).

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘?The Ruins of the Savoy Palace 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-the-ruins-of-the-savoy-palace-r1140567, accessed 03 December 2021.