Joseph Mallord William TurnerOsimo from the Road from Ancona, with the Towers of the Palazzo Comunale and Cathedral 1819

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Artist
Title
Osimo from the Road from Ancona, with the Towers of the Palazzo Comunale and Cathedral
From Ancona to Rome Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLXXVII
Date 1819
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 110 x 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14665
Turner Bequest CLXXVII 7
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 7 Recto:
Osimo from the Road from Ancona, with the Towers of the Palazzo Comunale and Cathedral 1819
D14665
Turner Bequest CLXXVII 7
Pencil on white wove paper, 110 x 186 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘villa’ centre of left-hand edge and ‘olives’ within the sketch to left of tree
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘7’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CLXXVII 7’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
After a sustained period of travel along the east coast from Rimini, Turner’s route towards Rome turned inland at Ancona and began to follow a south-westerly course towards the Apennine Mountains. Many of the urban settlements in this part of Italy were built upon high ground and Turner made a number of sketches of the hilltop towns and cities he glimpsed as he travelled through the landscape of the Marche region of Italy. The order of these drawings within the beginning of this sketchbook does not appear to follow a strict geographical sequence.
Cecilia Powell has identified the subject of this sketch as the hill town of Osimo, as seen from the road south of Ancona with the towers of the Palazzo Comunale and the cathedral. A similar view can be found on folio 6 (D14663).

Nicola Moorby
November 2008

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