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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Waterside Buildings, ?South of France or Italy c.1834

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Waterside Buildings, ?South of France or Italy c.1834
Turner Bequest CCXCII 31
Gouache and watercolour on grey paper, 143 x 191 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘31’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCXCII 31’ bottom right
Blind stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is one of a large number of sketches on loose sheets of paper depicting hill towns, wooded scenery and rocky coastal terrain, here identified with Turner’s various tours of South of France and Italy. For the grouping and dating of these works, see the section introduction.
The centre of the sheet bears the pencil note ‘103 | a’. Towards the bottom left-hand corner is the Turner Bequest monogram and ‘CCXCII – 31’ are stamped in black with the (incorrect) pencil note ‘D28977’. There are vestiges of white paper around the edges, presumably from an earlier mount. There are small dark blue and red spots of paint in the bottom left-hand corner of the sheet.

John Chu
June 2015

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Waterside Buildings, ?South of France or Italy c.1834 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2015, 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-waterside-buildings-south-of-france-or-italy-r1183131, accessed 13 April 2024.