Joseph Mallord William Turner

Landscape Sketches of Poggio, and a View of the Rocca Albornoziana, Spoleto

1819

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 × 88 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13922
Turner Bequest CLXXI 33 a

Catalogue entry

This page contains two on-the-spot sketches relating to Turner’s travels in Italy in 1819. Turner’s inscription suggests that the location of the upper drawing of clouds is Poggio, a small village on the road between Bologna and Imola. The lower vista depicts a view of Spoleto, a picturesque Umbrian town which lies approximately half-way on the nineteenth-century route between Ancona and Rome. The study represents the approach from the north looking towards the fourteenth-century castle, the Rocca Albornoziana. A related view can be found in the Ancona to Rome sketchbook (see Tate D14727; Turner Bequest CLXXVII 38a).

Nicola Moorby
March 2010

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