Joseph Mallord William Turner

Buildings or Ruins, ?at or near Forlì

1819

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 111 x 184 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14577
Turner Bequest CLXXVI 44 a

Catalogue entry

The subject is rendered so slightly and swiftly that it is unclear whether the structures are shown intact or in ruins. The drawing falls between apparent and confirmed views of Forlì (see under folio 44 verso; D14569; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 40a), so may represent buildings there or nearby.
Cecilia Powell has commented on the relatively uneventful phase of Turner’s journey between leaving Bologna and reaching Rimini (folios 43 recto–60 verso; D14566–D14598; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 39a–56a);1 for his overall route south-east between Bologna and Ancona, see the sketchbook’s Introduction.

Matthew Imms
March 2017

1
See Powell 1984, pp.89–90, 465 note 98.

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