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Turner probably produced this sketch of a crowded marketplace as an experimental composition for Rogers’s Italy. The location of the scene may be Verona. However, none of his finished vignettes relate to the subject depicted here. Urban genre scenes rarely appear in Italy, despite the fact that Turner did design several preliminary studies of such subjects, including Venice, Florence, and Tivoli (see Tate D27519; Turner Bequest CCLXXX 2, Tate D27612; Turner Bequest CCLXXX 95, and Tate D27605; Turner Bequest CCLXXX 88). In general, Rogers’s preference seems to have been for subjects to be modelled after classic, conventional landscape views that would already be familiar to a contemporary audience.
Inscribed by unknown hands in pencil ‘AB 83 P’ and ‘R’ top left, inverted and ‘CCLXXX 107’ bottom right
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