Joseph Mallord William Turner View of Albano, and a Woman Carrying a Pot 1819

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View of Albano, and a Woman Carrying a Pot
From Albano, Nemi, Rome Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLXXXII
Date 1819
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 113 x 189 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXXII 2 a
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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

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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