Joseph Mallord William Turner
Five Landscape Sketches with Weather Effects 1819

Artwork details

Five Landscape Sketches with Weather Effects
From Naples, Paestum and Rome Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI
Date 1819
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 189 x 113 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 58
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Catalogue entry

The locations represented within these five landscape sketches remain unidentified, although they were probably drawn from the road travelling through the hilly countryside to the south-east of Rome. The bottom two vistas appear to depict a medieval tower. The main focus of interest, however, is the effects of weather and light within the scenery. The upper three studies in particular represent the onset of a rain shower and the artist has annotated the sequence with written notes regarding colour and atmospheric conditions.

Nicola Moorby
July 2010

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