Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ancona and its Harbour from North-West of the Lazzaretto


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 111 × 184 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXVI 70

Catalogue entry

The drawing continues across folio 73 verso opposite (D14622; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 69a). The Turner scholar C.F. Bell annotated Finberg’s 1909 Inventory entry (‘Town and harbour of Ancona’): ‘from the jetty outside the Canale del Lazzaretto’.1 Such a jetty or pier is marked on old maps and is apparently shown on the other page. The viewpoint is what is now the shore of the much-redeveloped port area north-west of the Lazzaretto, a corner of which is shown on the right here to the east, with the Cittadella high above; the slopes and fortifications are now heavily wooded. On the shore in between is the Baroque Porta Pia at the corner of the Banchina on what is now the Via XXIX Settembre.
For Cecilia Powell and James Hamilton’s comments on Turner’s varied and extensive coverage of Ancona, which takes up most of the last quarter or so of this sketchbook, see under folio 69 verso (D14514; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 65a).2

Matthew Imms
March 2017

Undated MS note by C.F. Bell (died 1966) in copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, p.519.
See Powell 1984, pp.92–3, 466 note 109, Powell 1987, pp.25, 202 note 45, and Hamilton 1997, pp.198, 325 note 13.

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