Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lake Nemi with the Town of Nemi

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
D15570
Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 8 a

Catalogue entry

The town of Nemi stands on the slopes above the eastern shores of the lake of the same name, approximately eighteen miles south-east of Rome. This sketch represents a view of the town from the north with the circular medieval tower of Castello Ruspoli clearly recognisable. A similar vista can be found on folios 7 verso and 9 (D15568 and D15571). For further related studies and a general discussion of Lake Nemi see folio 7 (D1567).
Eric Shanes has tentatively linked this drawing and another on folio 10 (D15573) with a colour beginning study of a lake and distant palaces (see Tate D36320; Turner Bequest CCCLXV 29).1

Nicola Moorby
April 2010

1
Shanes 1997, p.98.

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