Joseph Mallord William Turner

Buildings, Probably near Milan Cathedral

1819

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 185 × 112 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14334
Turner Bequest CLXXV 5 a

Catalogue entry

The Turner scholar C.F. Bell annotated Finberg’s 1909 Inventory entry (‘Part of the Cathedral, Milan’), crossing out the title and writing ‘houses Milan’.1 Drawn with the page turned vertically, at the top is part of a façade of what may be shops or public buildings. Below, orientated in line with the sketchbook’s foliation, is another row of shops or houses drawn although the buildings right up to the gutter, as if as a continuation from another page, although the drawing on folio 6 recto (D14335) opposite is an unrelated Milan view. As Ian Warrell has suggested, the details may have been noted in the Piazza del Duomo near Milan Cathedral,2 as shown on adjacent pages.
See under folio 2 recto (D14328) for other Milan views.

Matthew Imms
March 2017

1
Undated MS note by C.F. Bell (died 1966) in copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, p.512.
2
Undated note by Ian Warrell in Tate catalogue files.

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