Joseph Mallord William Turner

Distant Hills from above a Road through Trees, Perhaps near Rimini

1819

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 111 x 184 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14594
Turner Bequest CLXXVI 54 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this rural prospect is from a vantage point above the road marked in the foreground; perhaps Turner’s carriage is indicated there, pausing near a small building. Beyond the wooded slopes on the left is a prospect where successive hills recede, apparently along a broad, meandering river valley without specific landmarks. The immediately adjacent pages show urban views of Rimini, and this scene was possibly in the vicinity.
Cecilia 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);1 for his overall route south-east between Bologna and Ancona, see the sketchbook’s Introduction.

Matthew Imms
March 2017

1
See Powell 1984, pp.89–90, 465 note 98.

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