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The Death of Lycidas—“Vision of the Guarded Mount”

about 1834
7 1/8 x 5 1/4 in. (18.1 x 13.34 cm)

Joseph Mallord William Turner (English, 1775–1851)

Medium: Watercolor on paper
Credit Line: Bequest of Charles Phelps Taft and Anna Sinton Taft
Accession Number: 1931.384

Acquired by Hugh-Andrew-Johnstone Munro, Novar, Ross, Scotland; (consigned to Christie's, London) [1]; purchased by Bromley, June 2, 1877 (stock no. 31). Acquired by George Gurney; (consigned to Christie’s, London, March 17, 1883 (stock no. 198)) [2]. (Acquired by Christie’s, London); (purchased by Agnew's, London, July 11, 1903 (stock no. 42)). (Acquired by Scott and Fowles, New York, NY); purchased by Charles Phelps Taft [1843-1929] and Anna Sinton Taft [1850-1931], Cincinnati, OH, November 25, 1905; donated to the Cincinnati Institute of Fine Arts, Cincinnati, OH, May 21, 1927 [3]; transferred to the Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, OH, September 1, 2006 [4].


[1]. As St. Michael's Mount. See Taft Museum of Art object file. [2]. As St. Michael's Mount. Offered for sale but was not sold. See Taft Museum of Art object file. [3]. The Cincinnati Institute of Fine Arts (CIFA) was formed by Charles Phelps and Anna Sinton Taft on March 22, 1927 as a non-profit corporation to stimulate the development of art and music in the City of Cincinnati and run the Taft Museum of Art, which opened in 1932. The Tafts offered $1 million for a permanent endowment fund, on the condition that the community raise $2.5 million in matching funds, which was achieved by December 3, 1928. [4]. Until August 31, 2006, the Museum was owned by CIFA, administered by CIFA’s Board of Trustees, and governed by the Taft Museum Board of Overseers. On September 1, 2006, the Museum legally separated from CIFA and began operations as its own incorporated 501(c)(3) entity. This separate incorporation led to the transfer to the separate entity after August 31, 2006 of all tangible assets comprising the Taft collection.

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