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PROPERTY OF THE DESCENDANCE OF MAJOR CLIVE BEHRENS (1871-1935)

Joseph Mallord William Turner, R.A.
LAKE COMO, LOOKING SOUTH, POSSIBLY FROM THE FOOT OF THE CLIFFS AT CA' BIANCA, ITALY
Estimate
12,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 16,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
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PROPERTY OF THE DESCENDANCE OF MAJOR CLIVE BEHRENS (1871-1935)

Joseph Mallord William Turner, R.A.
LAKE COMO, LOOKING SOUTH, POSSIBLY FROM THE FOOT OF THE CLIFFS AT CA' BIANCA, ITALY
Estimate
12,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 16,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Joseph Mallord William Turner, R.A.
LONDON 1775 - 1851
LAKE COMO, LOOKING SOUTH, POSSIBLY FROM THE FOOT OF THE CLIFFS AT CA' BIANCA, ITALY

Provenance

Major Clive Behrens (1871-1935);
by direct family descent to the present owner

Catalogue Note

This watercolour and that in the following lot show two views of Lake Como in Italy. The works date to the mid-1790s and were almost certainly painted at Dr Thomas Monro’s ‘academy’ at 8 Adelphi Terrace, London. Monro was a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and an amateur artist. He was also a passionate collector, owning over five thousand works of art, ranging from Old Master paintings to late 18th century drawings by artists such as Gainsborough and Cozens. On Friday evenings, during the winter, he invited young artists into his home to copy from this collection. This ‘academy’ played a crucial role in Turner’s development, for not only was he paid half-a-crown and given supper, but it also exposed him to a vast cache of material, which fired his imagination. In addition, it gave him the opportunity to meet regularly with his fellow artists.

Turner painted a number of watercolours of Como at this time. Three examples were sold on the 13th May 1881 at Christie’s and one of those drawings was later presented to the British Museum.1 The very early history of the present two works is unknown, however they have remained in the same family collection since at least the 1930s. We would like to thank Ian Warrell for his help when cataloguing this lot.

1. Lake of Como; view of the lake, with a town at the foot of mountains which surround the lake (British Museum: 1915,0313.84)

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