Joseph Mallord William Turner View of a Distant Town or City, ?France 1820

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Title
View of a Distant Town or City, ?France
From Remarks (Italy) Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CXCIII
Date 1820
Dimensions Support: 94 x 115 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16877
Turner Bequest CXCIII 99 a
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Catalogue entry

This rough sketch appears to depict the silhouette of a distant city or town. It is probably related to Turner’s return journey through France from Italy in January 1820. The hasty, schematic nature of the draughtsmanship suggests that the artist was working from a moving vehicle whilst on the road.

Nicola Moorby
March 2011

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