Joseph Mallord William Turner

Buildings near Milan Cathedral; a Figure

1819

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 112 × 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14346
Turner Bequest CLXXV 14

Catalogue entry

The urban buildings on the left are relatively undistinguished, but the key to their setting is the slight indication of a taller structure with pinnacles beyond. This appears to be a first attempt at a view south-west to the lantern spire of Milan Cathedral along what is now Corso Vittorio Emanuele II.
Turner abandoned the drawing and started again on folio 15 recto (D14347), this time with the page turned vertically to allow for the full height of the spire, with what appear to be the same buildings in the foreground, albeit in less detail. See under folio 2 recto (D14328), showing the west front of the cathedral, for other Milan views.
At the outer edge is a slight study of a figure in a broad-brimmed hat, made with the page turned vertically; other figure studies in this sketchbook are note under folio 18 verso (D14351).
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Matthew Imms
March 2017

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