Joseph Mallord William Turner

View of Albano, and a Woman Carrying a Pot

1819

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15299
Turner Bequest CLXXXII 2 a

Catalogue entry

This is a view of Albano from the Via Appia (Appian Way), the road which links Rome to south-east Italy.1 The town, approximately fifteen miles south of the capital, is recognisable from the tall tomb marked with regular squares on the far right, sometimes called the Tomb of Pompey or Ascanius. For a full discussion see folio 2 (D15298). Also visible on the left is the bell-tower of the Cathedral of San Pancrazio.
On the left-hand side of the page Turner has drawn a woman in local dress carrying a large pot on her head.

Nicola Moorby
May 2008

1
A similar view can be seen in a drawing by Charels Joseph Lecointe, see Francesco Petrucci e Susanna Marra, Vedute dei Colli Albani e di Roma dall’album di viaggio di Charles Joseph Lecointe (1824–1886), exhibition catalogue, Palazzo Chigi, Ariccia 2006, no.17, p.53, reproduced.

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