Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Sketches by Turner of the Walls at Macerata; and Notes by James Hakewill on Travelling in Italy

1819

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 88 x 114 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13871
Turner Bequest CLXXI 7

Catalogue entry

This page contains two sketches of the walls of Macerata, a hill town in the Marche region which Turner passed en route between Ancona and Rome. The views have been drawn from the west side of the town (on present-day Viale Puccinotti) looking towards the main gate, which as John Chetwode Eustace described, is ‘a sort of modern triumphal arch not remarkable either for materials or for proportion’.1 A sketch of the same view can be found in the Ancona to Rome sketchbook (Tate D14690; Turner Bequest CLXXVII 19a).
Also on the sheet are notes representing advice to Turner on travelling in Italy in preparation for the artist’s first tour of the country in 1819. The author of the inscription is James Hakewill (1778–1843), with whom Turner collaborated on the engraved print project, Picturesque Tour of Italy, published 1820 (see the introduction to the sketchbook). The text was first transcribed by Finberg,2 and is repeated here with minor variations:
fixd up price with him, you will | be saved the trouble of further | altercation; but remember not to | commence inmate in any house | without first settling this necessary | business – .
The context for the inscription is a recommendation concerning a good way to find reasonable accommodation in Genoa, see folio 6 (D13869). Hakewill’s notes continue on folio 7 verso (D13872).

Nicola Moorby
March 2010

1
John Chetwode Eustace, A Classical Tour Through Italy, London 1815, vol.I, p.306.
2
Finberg 1909, p.497.

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