Joseph Mallord William Turner

Buildings in the Apennine Mountains; ?Pale, near Foligno


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 110 × 186 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXVII 30 a

Catalogue entry

This sketch represents a view amidst the Apennines on the descent towards Foligno after Colfiorito. The subject is not conclusively identified but it may depict the village of Pale and the Cascata (waterfall) del Menotre. During the nineteenth century there were a number of paper mills in the area including one at Pale. Eustace provides a description of the location in A Classical Tour Through Italy:
At the village situate in the dell below amidst woods and rocks, the river pent up between the closing crag, works its way through several little chasms, and tumbles in seven or eight cascades down the steep through tufts of box and ilex, amidst houses and fragments of rocks intermingled, into the plain below, where turning two or three mills as it passes, it hurries along to join the neighbouring Clitumnus.1
The same buildings can be seen on folios 31 (D14712) and 33 (D14716).

Nicola Moorby
November 2008

John Chetwode Eustace, A Classical Tour Through Italy, London 1815, vol.I, pp.316.

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