Joseph Mallord William Turner

Descent from the Pass of the Apennines with Distant View of Foligno


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Graphite on paper
Support: 110 x 186 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXVII 32

Catalogue entry

Turner’s route to Rome took him through the passage of the Apennines. The subject of this sketch is a point near the village of Colle San Lorenzo, where the mountains open up and offer a panoramic view of the valley below with the town of Foligno. Along the top of the page the artist has drawn a separate sketch of the line of buildings in the historical centre of the town, as seen from a distance. In the foreground is a monument or fountain of some description, with a moulded top.

Nicola Moorby
November 2008

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