Joseph Mallord William TurnerTwo Sketches: Nemi; and Genzano 1819

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Artist
Title
Two Sketches: Nemi; and Genzano
From Albano, Nemi, Rome Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLXXXII
Date 1819
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 113 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15339
Turner Bequest CLXXXII 24
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 24 Recto:
Two Sketches: Nemi; and Genzano 1819
D15339
Turner Bequest CLXXXII 24
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘wood’ within shaded area of sketch at bottom
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue in ‘24’ top right and ‘301’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CLXXXII 24’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
These two sketches focus on opposing sides of the Lake of Nemi. The uppermost view depicts the eastern shore with the town of Nemi. Clearly visible is the circular tower of the Castello Ruspoli and the arched substructures spanning the valley. The sketch in the bottom right-hand corner shows a view of the town of Genzano on the western shore directly opposite Nemi.
For a general discussion of Turner’s view of Lake Nemi see folio 19 (D15329).

Nicola Moorby
May 2008

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