Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Lake Agnano or Lake Avernus in the Campi Flegrei

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: 122 × 197 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15711
Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 77

Catalogue entry

The subject of the sketches on this page are not conclusively identified but they appear to depict one of the volcanic lakes in the Campi Flegrei region (Phlegraean or Burning Fields), probably either Lake Avernus or Lake Agnano. A small part of one of the studies has spilled over from the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 78 verso (D15710; Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 76a).

Nicola Moorby
June 2010

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