Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ancona to the North, from the Banchina

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
D14617
Turner Bequest CLXXVI 67

Catalogue entry

This drawing continues a little way onto folio 70 verso opposite (D14616; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 66a), where the north side of the harbour is seen. The Turner scholar C.F. Bell annotated Finberg’s 1909 Inventory entry (‘Ancona’): ‘from the Banchina looking North West’.1 While the Banchina viewpoint (literally ‘quay’ or ‘wharf’) is correct, looking along what is now the Via XXIX Settembre (flanked to the left by railway lines and lorry parks), the direction is essentially northwards, tending to the north-north-east here. On the left is the outline of the Cathedral of San Ciriaco, with the dome of the church of Santi Pellegrino e Teresa to its right.
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
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.
Technical notes:
The sharp creases towards the bottom left appear to be a minor manufacturing fault.

Matthew Imms
March 2017

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