Joseph Mallord William Turner

Florence from Fiesole

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: 113 × 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16609
Turner Bequest CXCI 74 a

Catalogue entry

Turner’s viewpoint for this sketch of Florence from Fiesole appears to be the convent of San Francesco to the west of the town. The vista looks south-west across the countryside towards the distant silhouette of the Duomo and the rest of the city. Winding towards Florence across the centre of the composition is the River Mugnone. The composition continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 75 (D16610).
For a fuller description and further studies from Fiesole see folio 30 verso (D16542).

Nicola Moorby
January 2011

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