Joseph Mallord William Turner

Four Landscapes Sketches including a View of Montecelio; and Figure Studies including a Wagon and Horse

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: 186 × 112 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15102
Turner Bequest CLXXIX 91 a

Catalogue entry

This page contains four slight landscape views, probably drawn on the road between Tivoli and Rome. Turner’s inscription indicates that the central sketch depicts a view of Montecelio, a hilltop town, approximately four miles north-west of Tivoli. Furthermore, inverted at the bottom of the page is a separate sketch of a ruined castle, possibly the medieval Rocca of Montecelio.
Turner has also used the sheet for a couple of figure studies. At the top is a swift, roughly drawn study of a wagon or cart, drawn by a horse with a man standing to the right. A tiny thumbnail sketch of a man near the bottom right-hand corner contains annotated notes on his colourful dress.

Nicola Moorby
February 2010

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