Joseph Mallord William Turner

Cesena from the Valley of the River Savio

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 × 184 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14591
Turner Bequest CLXXVI 53

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, Finberg considered this ‘Another view of same [unidentified] town’ as on folios 55 verso–56 recto (D14589–D14590; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 51a–52),1 but Cecilia Powell has noted it as showing Cesena.2 The prospect, which has since become very built up, is to the south-east from the Savio Valley. Turner’s bold ‘S’ at the centre probably indicates the course of the river; for views of the city on previous pages, see under folio 46 verso (D14573; CLXXVI 42a).

Powell has commented on the relatively uneventful phase of Turner’s journey between leaving Bologna and reaching Rimini (folios 43 recto–60 verso; D14566–D14598; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 39a–56a);3 for his overall route south-east between Bologna and Ancona, see the sketchbook’s Introduction.

Matthew Imms
March 2017

1
Finberg 1909, I, p.518.
2
See Powell 1984, p.407.
3
See ibid., pp.89–90, 465 note 98.

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