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JOSEPH MALLORD WILLIAM TURNER, R.A. | THE FALLS AT TIVOLI, ITALY

Estimate:

30,000 - 50,000 GBP

Property of a gentleman

JOSEPH MALLORD WILLIAM TURNER, R.A. | THE FALLS AT TIVOLI, ITALY

JOSEPH MALLORD WILLIAM TURNER, R.A. | THE FALLS AT TIVOLI, ITALY

Estimate:

30,000 - 50,000 GBP

Lot sold:

87,500

GBP

Property of a gentleman

JOSEPH MALLORD WILLIAM TURNER, R.A.

London 1775 - 1851

THE FALLS AT TIVOLI, ITALY


Watercolour over pencil, heightened with scratching out

framed: 615 by 695 mm

unframed: 284 by 414 mm


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This watercolour is in generally good condition. The sheet has darkened a very small amount, but this is only really noticable when looking at the top left corner of the sheet, where there is a fade mount line. The pigments appear well preserved - Turner has used oches and browns and the sky, in my opinion, was never washed blue. There is a very skilfully repaired tear, visible on close inspection, towards the right hand edge of the sheet in the sky. There are a number of tiny nics to the sheet, again in the sky, but this can only be seen on very close inspection.

Overall, this is an impressive watercolour.


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William Leech (1837-1887);

his executor's sale, London, Christie's, 21 May 1887, lot 86, bt. Mclean;

with Agnew's, Manchester;

Major J.B. Upton (1900-1976), Hornsea, Yorkshire

It has been suggested that Turner painted this view of the waterfalls of Tivoli in around 1796, the year that he first exhibited at the Royal Academy.


This large – for the period – sheet has not appeared at auction since William Leech’s executor’s sale of 1887. Leech, who was Beatrix Potter's uncle, came from a family of cotton mill owners. He and his wife lived in Kensington Gardens, London, where they kept a fine collection of pictures. The 1887 sale at Christie’s, for example, contained over twenty watercolours by Turner and many other leading artists of the day.