Joseph Mallord William Turner

Moncalieri, from the West

1819

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 111 x 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14187
Turner Bequest CLXXIV 21 a

Catalogue entry

Despite Turner’s inscription at the bottom of the page this sketch does not appear to depict a view of ‘Turin’, but rather of Moncalieri, a town on the banks of the River Po approximately five miles south of the city. The vista looks east across the river towards the distinctive silhouette of the Castello Reale, a residence of the ruling House of Savoy which stands on the high ground to the north of the town. For further sketches of Moncalieri see folio 17 (D14176; Turner Bequest CLXXIV 16).
Eric Shanes has suggested that there may be a connection to the building within this sketch, and the architectural element in a later colour beginning (see Tate D25140; Turner Bequest CCLXIII 18).1
The upper right-hand side of the page also contains a small part of the line of mountains which has spilled over from the composition on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 23 (D14188; Turner Bequest CLXXIV 22).

Nicola Moorby
January 2013

1
Shanes 1997, p.94.

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