Joseph Mallord William TurnerFondi 1819

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From Naples, Paestum and Rome Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI
Date 1819
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 113 x 189 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 23
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 24 Recto:
Fondi 1819
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 23
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘Fondi’ bottom right
Inscribed by ?John Ruskin in red ink ‘23’ bottom left, inverted and ‘245’ top right, inverted
Stamped in black ‘CLXXXVI 23’ top left, inverted
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
In addition to views of Naples and Paestum, this sketchbook contains a number of drawings scattered throughout the pages representing Turner’s return route from southern Italy in November 1819. The subject of this drawing is the medieval castle (Castello Baronale) at Fondi, a town on the Via Appia approximately ten miles east of Terracina. The fortress is a rectangular structure with distinctive cylindrical towers of varying height. For other sketches see the Vatican Fragments sketchbook (Tate D15160; Turner Bequest CLXXX 28a) and the Gandolfo to Naples sketchbook (Tate D15598 and D15602; Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 21a and 23a).

Nicola Moorby
July 2010

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