Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas GirtinPart of the Fall of the Reichenbach c.1794-8

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Artists
Thomas Girtin (1775‑1802)
Title
Part of the Fall of the Reichenbach
Date c.1794-8
MediumWatercolour on paper
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D36481
Turner Bequest CCCLXXIV 4
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Thomas Girtin 1775–1802
Folio 4 Recto:
Part of the Fall of the Reichenbach c.1794–8
D36481
Turner Bequest CCCLXXIV 4
Pencil and grey and blue wash on white wove paper, 249 x 183 mm mounted on white cartridge paper, 480 x 368 mm
Inscribed in a later hand in pencil ‘“Riquenbac”’ on mount, bottom left, descending vertically
Inscribed in pencil ‘4’ on mount, bottom right, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCCLXXIV – 4’ on mount, bottom left, descending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The work is mounted with the album page turned vertically. It was copied from the drawing by John Robert Cozens (1752–1797), executed for Richard Payne Knight and now in the British Museum, London (1900–4–11–30).1 Turner was to make spectacular watercolours of the Reichenbach after his own journey to Switzerland in 1802.2
1
Bell and Girtin 1935, p.31 no.25.
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, ‘Riquenbac’, is no longer apparent.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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