Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ancona from below the Cathedral

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 x 184 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14639
Turner Bequest CLXXVI 78

Catalogue entry

The drawing continues across folio 81 verso opposite (D14638; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 77a). The Turner scholar C.F. Bell annotated Finberg’s 1909 Inventory entry (‘Harbour of Ancona’): ‘from the heights near the Cathedral’.1 The viewpoint appears to be about where one of the hairpin bends on the Via Papa Giovanni XXIII turns beside the church of Santi Pellegrino e Teresa south of the Cathedral of San Ciriaco, here looking west to the lighthouse which formerly stood towards the end of the pier on the north side of the harbour, with the coast on the far side of the bay above to the left. There is a more detailed view of the pier and lighthouse from lower down on folio 83 verso (D14462; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 79a).
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

1
Undated MS note by C.F. Bell (died 1966) in copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, p.519.
2
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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