This delicately coloured is an unused design for one of the oblong vignettes illustrating Samuel Rogers's poem 'Italy'. A very different view was used in the illustrated edition published in 1838. The vignettes were intended to distill the essence of the places described, and of Italy itself. Here, Turner provided a compressed view of some of the main buildings of Florence, including the Ponte Vecchio and the Uffizi, and, with light but incisive applications of wash, suggests vivid effects of sunlight and shadow.
Gallery label, September 2004