Joseph Mallord William Turner

Twelve Copies of Engravings after John ‘Warwick’ Smith from ‘Select Views in Italy’

c.1819

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 155 x 99 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13968
Turner Bequest CLXXII 20

Catalogue entry

This page is one of a series containing small pen-and-ink sketches of topographical Italian views. As Finberg first identified, these are copies of the engraved plates in John Smith, William Byrne and John Emes’s, Select Views in Italy, published in two volumes between 1792–9. The images derive from the following compositions (in sequence left to right and top to bottom):
i
Sepulchral Remains, drawn by John ‘Warwick’ Smith and engraved by William Byrne.1 Inscribed by the artist in black ink ‘Remains in the Campagna’ bottom left.
ii
Frescati, drawn by John ‘Warwick’ Smith and engraved by William Byrne.2 Inscribed by the artist in black ink ‘Frescati’ bottom centre.
iii
Marino, drawn by John ‘Warwick’ Smith and engraved by William Byrne.3 Inscribed by the artist in black ink ‘Marino’ bottom right.
iv
Lerici, drawn by John ‘Warwick’ Smith and engraved by Benjamin Thomas Pouncy.4 Inscribed by the artist in black ink ‘Lerici’ bottom left.
v
Hermitage at Albano, drawn by John ‘Warwick’ Smith and engraved by John Landseer and J. Shirt.5 Inscribed by the artist in black ink ‘Hermitage of Albano’ bottom left.
vi
Lake of Albano, drawn by John ‘Warwick’ Smith and engraved by William Byrne.6 Inscribed by the artist in black ink ‘ Lake of Albano’ bottom left.
vii
Lake of Nemi, drawn by John ‘Warwick’ Smith and engraved by William Byrne.7 Inscribed by the artist in black ink ‘Lake Nemi’ bottom centre.
viii
Veletri, drawn by John ‘Warwick’ Smith and engraved by William Byrne.8 Inscribed by the artist in black ink ‘Veletri’ bottom right.
ix
Terracina, drawn by John ‘Warwick’ Smith and engraved by William Byrne and James Sparrow.9 Inscribed by the artist in black ink ‘Terracina’ bottom left.
x
Castle at Fondi, drawn by John ‘Warwick’ Smith and engraved by Benjamin Thomas Pouncy.10 Inscribed by the artist in black ink ‘Castle at Fondi’ bottom centre.
xi
Tomb of Cicero, drawn by John ‘Warwick’ Smith and engraved by Benjamin Thomas Pouncy.11 Inscribed by the artist in black ink ‘Tomb of Cicero | near Gaeta of Munatius | Plancus’ bottom right. The note derives from the accompanying text which states that the so-called Tomb of Cicero is also believed by some to be the tomb of the Roman censor Munatius Plancus.

Nicola Moorby
July 2008

1
John Smith, William Byrne and John Emes, Select Views in Italy with Topographical and Historical Descriptions in English and French, vol.II, London 1796, pl.37.
2
Ibid., pl.38.
3
Ibid., pl.39.
4
Ibid., pl.40.
5
Ibid., pl.41.
6
Ibid., pl.42.
7
Ibid., pl.43.
8
Ibid., pl.44.
9
Ibid., pl.45.
10
Ibid., pl.46.
11
Ibid., pl.47.
12
Ibid., pl.48.

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