Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Sketches; One of Parma from the River


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 98 x 128 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXCII 6

Catalogue entry

This page contains two distinct sketches. The main study is a landscape subject and represents a view of the city of Parma seen from the river. Turner’s viewpoint appears to be the west bank of the river near the Ponte Verdi (possibly indicated in the centre of the composition), looking east towards the opposite side. Several buildings are silhouetted against the horizon including, from left to right: the bell-tower of the Duomo, the Palazzo della Pilotta (centre, on the riverbank) and the Palazzo del Governatore. An alternative river view can be seen on folios 6 verso–7 (D16652–D16653). For further sketches of Parma see folio 5 verso (D16650).
There is also a second smaller drawing situated beneath the bottom right-hand corner of the larger study which Turner has squared off with pencil lines. The sketch is too rough to be identified.

Nicola Moorby
April 2013

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