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Turin was the first major Italian city which Turner reached on his 1819 tour and he made a large number of sketches in and around the city. This sketch represents part of a view of Turin from the heights to the east. The composition continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 26 (D14194; Turner Bequest CLXXIV 25), but visible on this side is the prominent Church of Santa Maria al Monte, which stands on a hill known as the Monte dei Cappuccini above the eastern (right) bank of the River Po. For further sketches of Turin see folio 12 (D14166; Turner Bequest CLXXIV 11). For a similar contemporaneous view see a drawing by James Hakewill (1778–1843), Turin from the Road to the Vagine di La Reine (British School at Rome).1
The drawing was selected by Ralph Nicholson Wornum for the Second Loan Collection, a group of sixty-two works exhibited in the provinces during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.2 It was removed from the sketchbook and displayed within a mount. Consequently, like the other works included in those tours, the page has suffered badly from over-exposure to light and the paper has yellowed considerably.