Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Views of Lake Como, Looking North Towards Bellagio

1819

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 111 x 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14274
Turner Bequest CLXXIV 67

Catalogue entry

Turner appears to have made two journeys by boat on Lake Como and this page relates to the second expedition which followed the western coast from Como in the south to Menaggio in the north.1 The sheet contains two sketches of the shore seen from the waters of the lake. Both depict the same mountainous silhouette which represents the view looking north towards Bellagio from a location near Lenno.
For further sketches of Lake Como see folio 48 (D14234; Turner Bequest CLXXIV 47).

Nicola Moorby
January 2013

1
See Federico Crimi, ‘J.M.W. Turner e il Verbano: 1819: Torino, Milano e il Sempione’, in Verbanus, no.28, 2007, p.28.

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