Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ancona and its Harbour from South-West of the Lazzaretto


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Prints and Drawings Room

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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 68 a

Catalogue entry

The drawing continues across folio 73 recto opposite (D14621; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 69). The Turner scholar C.F. Bell annotated Finberg’s 1909 Inventory entry (‘Town and harbour of Ancona’): ‘from South of the Lazzaretto’.1
The viewpoint is what is now port area south-west of the Lazzaretto (the low complex on the right in the middle distance), which has seen much subsequent development. To the north on the left here is the former lighthouse, only the base of which now survives on the far side of the harbour, while high on the right to the north-north-east is the Cathedral of San Ciriaco, with the dome of the church of Santi Pellegrino e Teresa below at the gutter. The Baroque Porta Pia is beyond the Lazzaretto on the right in the middle distance.
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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