J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner San Filippo Neri, Turin 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 36 Recto:
San Filippo Neri, Turin 1819
Turner Bequest CLXXIV 35
Pencil on white wove paper, 111 x 186 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘St Filippo Neri | Corrada Accademia | [?Melascone] della Science mortuoso’ bottom centre
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘35’ top right and ‘284’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CLXXIV 35’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
As Turner’s inscription indicates, the subject of this sketch is the eighteenth-century Church of San Filippo Neri, the largest religious building in the city. The drawing depicts the western façade of the church from the street known as the Contrada dell’Accademia (present-day Via dell’Accademia delle Scienza),1 and Turner’s viewpoint is in Piazza Carignano, just in front of the Palazzo Carignano. Just visible on the opposite side of the street (right-hand side of composition) is the Palazzo dell’Accademia delle Scienze (present-day Museo Egizio: Egyptian Museum). Turner had written the name ‘St Philippo Neri’ in his notes from Revd John Chetwode Eustace’s A Classical Tour Through Italy in the Italian Guide Book sketchbook (see Tate D13962; Turner Bequest CLXXII 16a).
For a list of further sketches of Turin see folio 12 (D14166; Turner Bequest CLXXIV 11).
A map of 1834 shows the Contrada dell’Accademia and San Filippo Neri. Map is reproduced on-line at http://taurinorum.com/FotoLibri/Torino-1834.gif, accessed January 2013.

Nicola Moorby
January 2013

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘San Filippo Neri, Turin 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, August 2013, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-san-filippo-neri-turin-r1142735, accessed 25 April 2018.