Joseph Mallord William Turner

Bistocco in the Apennine Mountains

1819

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 × 88 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13866
Turner Bequest CLXXI 4 a

Catalogue entry

As Turner’s inscription indicates, this sketch depicts the ruined watchtower of Bistocco, near Valcimarra in the Apennine Mountains. Visible in the distance is a ruined fortress, probably the Rocca di Varano, near Campolarzo. The artist would have seen this view from the road to Rome which followed the course of the Chienti river, in between Belforte del Chienti and Serravalle di Chienti. A similar study can be seen in the Ancona to Rome sketchbook (Tate D14703; Turner Bequest CLXXVII 26).

Nicola Moorby
March 2010

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