Joseph Mallord William Turner

Piazza IV Novembre, Perugia

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: 113 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16580
Turner Bequest CXCI 57 a

Catalogue entry

Turner passed through the Umbrian city of Perugia as part of his route north to Florence from Rome. This sketch of the main square, Piazza IV Novembre, has been drawn extremely swiftly, probably from a moving carriage, so that the depiction of the topography is slightly confused and schematic. Visible at the centre of the composition, however, is the round medieval fountain, the Fontana Maggiore, with the cathedral beyond.

Nicola Moorby
January 2011

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