Joseph Mallord William Turner
Churches and Roofs of an Italian Town 1819

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Churches and Roofs of an Italian Town
From Como and Venice Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLXXXI
Date 1819
Medium Graphite and watercolour on paper
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXXI 3
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Turner was fond of making views of the rooftops of the cities he saw on his travels. This study of buildings in an unidentified North Italian town was made in 1819 while travelling between Como and Venice. The generalised foreground suggests perhaps a balcony or parapet in shadow. Beyond this Turner has made a careful study of the domes of a Baroque church and an earlier campanile. The drawing shows his highly developed interest in architecture.

September 2004

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