Joseph Mallord William TurnerView of Lake Albano Looking towards Castel Gandolfo 1819

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Artist
Title
View of Lake Albano Looking towards Castel Gandolfo
From Albano, Nemi, Rome Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLXXXII
Date 1819
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 113 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15308
Turner Bequest CLXXXII 7 a
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 7 Verso:
View of Lake Albano Looking towards Castel Gandolfo 1819
D15308
Turner Bequest CLXXXII 7 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘Red’ to left of figure bottom left and ‘Fountain’ in foliage above
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner circled Lake Albano and made sketches from several different points. This drawing shows the view from the eastern shore of the lake looking across towards the dome of the Church of San Tommaso di Villanova, Castel Gandolfo. He has also noted a small group of figures around an area of the road which he has labelled as a ‘Fountain’. Amidst the lush greenery surrounding the lake, and the deep blue of the water itself, the ‘Red’ of a woman’s dress would have made a pleasing complementary splash of colour to Turner’s artistic eye. In his later watercolour, Lake Albano circa 1828 (private collection), the red bodice of the peasant woman, or contadina, in the foreground serves the same aesthetic purpose.1 The scene is continued briefly on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 8 (D15309).
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

1
Fribourg 1979, no.731.

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