Joseph Mallord William Turner

Itri from the South-East


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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 CLXXXVI 22

Catalogue entry

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 landscape sketch on this page represents a distant view of Itri, located amidst the Arunci mountains between Fondi and Mola di Gaeta. The vista depicts the silhouette of the town on the brow of a hill, seen from the road to the south-east as Turner would have approached it on his return journey towards Rome. On the left is the castle and to the right the Church of San Michele Arcangelo, whilst in the distance beyond is the peak of Monte Grande. Related views can be seen on folios 23 verso and 59 (D15953 and D16022; Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 22a and 57), whilst for sketches of Itri from the west see the Gandolfo to Naples sketchbook (Tate D15604; Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 24a).

Nicola Moorby
July 2010

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