Joseph Mallord William Turner

Frascati from the Villa Aldobrandini


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 113 x 189 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXXII 31 a

Catalogue entry

The panoramic view on this double-page spread depicts Frascati from the terrace of the Villa Aldobrandini (also known as the Villa Belvedere). Roughly outlined on this page is the Cathedral, the Basilica of St Peter the Apostle, with its two bell-towers flanking the Baroque façade, whilst the opposite page contains part of the villa in the foreground, see folio 30 verso (D15352). The composition of the sketch is similar to that of a drawing by James Hakewill, View from the Terrace of the Belvedere Villa at Frascati 1817 (British School at Rome Library) which Turner would certainly have known.1
Two other sketches drawn from a similar viewpoint can also be found on folios 30 and 30 verso–31 (D15351 and D15352–D15353).

Nicola Moorby
May 2008

Tony Cubberley and Luke Herrmann, Twilight of the Grand Tour: A Catalogue of the drawings by James Hakewill in the British School at Rome Library, Rome 1992, no.5.26, p.251 reproduced.

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