Joseph Mallord William Turner

View of Castel Gandolfo at Sunset

1819

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
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
D15325
Turner Bequest CLXXXII 17

Catalogue entry

Turner circled Lake Albano on foot and made several drawings from various points. The landmark he depicted most frequently was Castel Gandolfo, particularly the dome of the Church of St Tommaso di Villanova and the Pope’s villa, seen on the heights above Lake Albano. His viewpoint in this sketch was the northern end of the lake below Marino and he has depicted the rays of the sun setting in the west to the right of the town.
For a full discussion of Turner’s depictions of Lake Albano see folio 3 verso (D15301) and the general introduction to the sketchbook.

Nicola Moorby
May 2008

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