Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Piazza della Frutta, Padua

1819

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 112 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14381
Turner Bequest CLXXV 36

Catalogue entry

The Turner scholar C.F. Bell annotated Finberg’s basic 1909 Inventory entry (‘Towers and other buildings’): ‘Palazzo della Ragione Padua’.1 However, Bell marked the augmented entries for other pages in this sketchbook in Finberg’s 1930 In Venice with Turner: ‘Vicenza’.2
Bell was correct in his Padua identification, with the Palazzo della Ragione, Padua’s town hall, seen on the right and the Piazza della Frutta (alternatively Piazza dei Frutti) in the foreground, looking east. The medieval Torre degli Anziani, rising at the centre, has since lost its cupola. The Torre del Bo, further off in the centre, is now even more truncated.
For other Padua views, see under folio 35 recto (D14380).

Matthew Imms
March 2017

1
Undated MS note by C.F. Bell (died 1966) in copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, p.513.
2
Undated MS note by Bell (before 1936) in copy of A.J. Finberg, In Venice with Turner, London 1930, Prints and Drawings Study Room, British Museum, London, p.[?]163, as transcribed by Ian Warrell (undated notes, Tate catalogue files).

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