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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Towers and a Spire among Mountains ?in the Tyrol Alps 1840

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 22 Verso:
Towers and a Spire among Mountains ?in the Tyrol Alps 1840
Turner Bequest CCCXX 22a
Pencil on white wove paper, 89 x 149 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The larger drawing, with a spire and apparently other buildings, was made with the page turned horizontally. To the left, inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, is a smaller study of what may be a ruined castle in a rugged setting, perhaps seen again on folio 23 recto opposite (D32305).
A long sequence of sketches, mostly characterised as ‘Mountains’ by Finberg (with occasional identifications and transcriptions of the place names marked by the artist), lies between folios 7 recto and 76 recto (D32275–D32411).1 See the sketchbook’s Introduction for the likely overall route between Bregenz and Venice.2

Matthew Imms
September 2018

See Finberg 1909, II, pp.1030–2.
See also Cecilia Powell, Turner in Germany, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1995, pp.65, 81 note 9.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Towers and a Spire among Mountains ?in the Tyrol Alps 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-towers-and-a-spire-among-mountains-in-the-tyrol-alps-r1196538, accessed 17 January 2021.