Joseph Mallord William Turner

A View of Florence from the North; and a Landscape Sketch at ?Narni

1819

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 × 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16603
Turner Bequest CXCI 70

Catalogue entry

The most detailed sketch on this page, in the bottom right-hand corner of the sheet, depicts a distant view of Florence from the north. Turner’s viewpoint appears to be near the Porta San Gallo, the northernmost point of entry to the city at Piazza Cavour (present-day Piazza della Libertà), and visible along the horizon are the silhouettes of Palazzo Vecchio and the Duomo. Related views can be seen on folios 59 and 59 verso (D16583 and D16584).
Also on the page is a very rough, schematic view of hilly Italian landscape. A faint inscription suggests the subject may depict Narni, a town in Umbria which the artist passed en route between Rome and Florence, see folio 25 (D16529).
Verso:
Blank

Nicola Moorby
January 2011

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