Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ancona from the Harbour, with the Cittadella in the Distance to the South


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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 72

Catalogue entry

The drawing continues across folio 75 verso opposite (D14626; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 71a). The Turner scholar C.F. Bell annotated Finberg’s 1909 Inventory entry (‘Town of Ancona’): ‘from the Banchina the Citadel to r.’1 The viewpoint is on the shore of the harbour south-west of the cathedral, along the Banchina on what is now the Lungomare Luigi Vanvitelli, and the prospect on this page is south to the Cittadella; the slopes and the fortress itself are now heavily wooded.
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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