Joseph Mallord William TurnerCastiglion Fiorentino 1819

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Castiglion Fiorentino
From Rome and Florence Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CXCI
Date 1819
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 113 x 189 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXCI 26 a
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 26 Verso:
Castiglion Fiorentino 1819
Turner Bequest CXCI 26 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This sketch depicts Castiglion Fiorentino, a town on the nineteenth-century route to Florence between Cortona and Arezzo. The tallest structure visible near the centre is the square tower and projecting bell-tower of the fourteenth-century fortress known as the ‘Cassero’. Turner’s viewpoint is from the outskirts to the north-east and the composition continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread with a distant view of the nearby castle of Montecchio Vesponi, a couple of miles to the south, see folio 27 (D15635). For further sketches see folio 1 verso and 90 verso (D16487 and D16638).

Nicola Moorby
November 2010

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