Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Town above a River, Perhaps near Cesena or Rimini

1819

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 111 × 184 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14589
Turner Bequest CLXXVI 51 a

Catalogue entry

The drawing continues half way across folio 56 recto opposite (D14590; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 52), where the ‘range of hills’ noted by Finberg in his bracketed title for both pages1 is shown in separate studies. The Turner scholar C.F. Bell annotated Finberg’s 1909 Inventory entry (‘Town with river; also distant range of hills’) with ‘Rimini’,2 but the subject, a town above wooded river banks with a bridge in the distance, remains unconfirmed; Cesena and Rimini are depicted on adjacent pages.
Cecilia Powell has commented on the relatively uneventful phase of Turner’s journey between leaving Bologna and reaching Rimini (folios 43 recto–60 verso; D14566–D14598; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 39a–56a);3 for his overall route south-east between Bologna and Ancona, see the sketchbook’s Introduction.

Matthew Imms
March 2017

1
Finberg 1909, I, p.518.
2
Undated MS note by C.F. Bell (died 1966) in copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, p.518.
3
See Powell 1984, pp.89–90, 465 note 98.

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