Joseph Mallord William TurnerTwo Views in Genzano, Including the Fountain of San Sebastiano and the Church of Santissima Trinità 1819

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Artist
Title
Two Views in Genzano, Including the Fountain of San Sebastiano and the Church of Santissima Trinità
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
D15464
Turner Bequest CLXXXII 87 a
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 88 Verso:
Two Views in Genzano, Including the Fountain of San Sebastiano and the Church of Santissima Trinità 1819
D15464
Turner Bequest CLXXXII 87 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘Cor’ top right and ‘Wood cut’ and ‘C.... | [?Holy] | the c[...] Light’ underneath sketch bottom left, inverted
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Cecilia Powell has identified the main inverted sketch on this page as the fountain and the crossroads at Genzano.1 Now located in the present-day Plaza IV Novembre, the fountain of San Sebastiano was moved in 1836 from the crossroads between the roads to Rome and Naples. Designed by Virginio Bracci, the son of Pietro Bracci who designed the Trevi Fountain in Rome, the fountain has three gargoyle heads from where the water spouts and is surmounted by a column decorated with bunches of grapes. The original triangular base which Turner would have seen, however, is now hexagonal and decorated with heraldic papal shields.
In one corner of the page Turner has also drawn a separate sketch of the collegiate Church of Santissima Trinità. On the far right is a sketch of a man wearing a hat, which belongs to the scene on the opposite sheet, see folio 89 (D15465; Turner Bequest CLXXXII 88).

Nicola Moorby
May 2008

1
Powell 1984, p.423.

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