Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas GirtinOn the Reichenbach c.1794-8

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Artwork details

Artists
Thomas Girtin (1775‑1802)
Date c.1794-8
MediumWatercolour on paper
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D36478
Turner Bequest CCCLXXIV 1
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Thomas Girtin 1775–1802
Folio 1 Recto:
On the Reichenbach c.1794–8
D36478
Turner Bequest CCCLXXIV 1
Pencil and grey and blue-grey wash on white wove paper, 244 x 252 mm mounted on white cartridge paper, 368 x 480 mm
Inscribed in a later hand in pencil ‘“View of the Riquenbac”’ on mount, bottom right
Inscribed in pencil ‘1’ on mount, top right
Stamped in black ‘CCCLXXIV – 1’ on mount, bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This was copied from a drawing by John Robert Cozens (1752–1797) in the ‘Payne Knight’ series, now lost.1 Turner was to make spectacular watercolours of the Reichenbach after his own journey to Switzerland in 1802.2
1
See Bell and Girtin 1935, pp.30–1 under no.20.
2
See Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.341 nos.362, reproduced (Courtauld Gallery, London), 367, reproduced (Cecil Higgins Art Gallery, Bedford).
Verso:
Blank (laid down); the inscription (probably by Thomas Girtin in pencil) noted by Finberg and transcribed as the work’s title, ‘View of the Riquenbac’, is no longer apparent.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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