Joseph Mallord William Turner

Part of a View of Florence from Villa Palmieri; and a Smaller Sketch of the Same


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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 CXCI 77 a

Catalogue entry

This sketch represents part of panoramic view of Florence and the surrounding countryside from Fiesole. The composition continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 78 (D16616), and as Turner’s inscription in the bottom left-hand corner of that sheet indicates, his viewpoint is the Villa Palmieri in the south-eastern outskirts of the town. The vista looks south towards Florence and silhouetted along the distant horizon are the dome and campanile of the Duomo (Cathedral), the smaller dome of San Lorenzo and the Church of Santo Spirito. In the top right-hand corner of the page the artist has repeated a smaller study of the Villa Palmieri with its terraced gardens.
Further sketches from Fiesole can be found on folios 30 verso, 31, 74–77, 78 verso–79 verso, 84 (D16542, D16543, D16608–D16614, D16617–D16619, D16627).

Nicola Moorby
February 2011

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