Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ancona from East of the Cathedral


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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 77

Catalogue entry

The drawing continues across folio 80 verso opposite (D14636; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 76a), looking east. The Turner scholar C.F. Bell annotated Finberg’s 1909 Inventory entry (‘Ancona’): ‘Panorama from a spot just East of the apse of the Cathedral’.1 The apse of the south-eastern transept of the Cathedral of San Ciriaco and its separate campanile are seen on the right; beyond, the view is to the south with the Cittadella (now heavily wooded) on the skyline, aligned with the dome of the church of Santi Pellegrino e Teresa over the brow of the headland. Today the view is somewhat obscured by modern buildings and trees in the cathedral’s car park.
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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