Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ancona and its Harbour from South 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 a

Catalogue entry

The drawing is inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation. The Turner scholar C.F. Bell annotated Finberg’s 1909 Inventory entry (‘Town and harbour of Ancona’): ‘The Lazzaretto in right foreground’.1 With the Baroque Porta Pia beyond on the right, this is a loose reprise or variation of the views from slightly different angles on folios 72 verso–73 recto and 73 recto–74 verso (D14620–D14623; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 68a–69, 69a–70). On the left to the north-north-west here is the former lighthouse, only the base of which now survives on the far side of the harbour, and high at the centre to the north-north-east is outline of the Cathedral of San Ciriaco.
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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