Joseph Mallord William TurnerVarious Sketches; Including a Distant View of an ?Italian City 1820

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Artist
Title
Various Sketches; Including a Distant View of an ?Italian City
From Return from Italy Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CXCII
Date 1820
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 128 x 98 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40993
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Inside Front Cover:
Various Sketches; Including a Distant View of an ?Italian City 1820
D40993
Turner Bequest
Pencil on white wove paper, 128 x 98 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘6 ½’ top centre and ‘walls of [?Plo...]’ right-hand side of top sketch. Also ‘10’ and ‘27 | Mole [?as] [?shield]’ within middle sketch.
Inscribed by an unknown hand in pencil ‘9 P 1 – 10 –’ centre right, parallel with right-hand edge
Stamped in black ‘CXCII’ top right, descending right-hand edge
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner has used the inside front cover of this sketchbook to make a number of rough sketches of various subjects including a boat (top right), a couple of landscape compositions depicting a lake or bay, and a distant view of a city from the ‘walls’. The location of the latter is currently unidentified although it bears the appearance of being in Italy.

Nicola Moorby
April 2013

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