Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lake Como, from the Heights above Menaggio

1819

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 111 × 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14276
Turner Bequest CLXXIV 68

Catalogue entry

Federico Crimi has identified the subject of this sketch as a view of Lake Como from the curving road which leads to the heights above the village of Menaggio.1 The view looks east across the lake towards the village of Varenna on the opposite shore. Turner appears to have travelled to Menaggio by boat before leaving Lake Como and crossing through the hills by the Porlezza road, in order to reach Lake Lugano.2 Similar views can be found on folio 69 verso (D14277; Turner Bequest CLXXIV 68a). Preparatory notes pertaining to the route can be found within the Italian Guide Book sketchbook (see Tate D13961; Turner Bequest CLXXII 16).

Nicola Moorby
January 2013

1
Crimi 2007, p.28 note 33.
2
Ibid., p.28.

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