Joseph Mallord William Turner

Landscape Sketches on the Road between Rome and Florence; including Three Views of Trevi and the Walls of Florence

1819

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 189 × 113 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16533
Turner Bequest CXCI 26

Catalogue entry

Turner left Rome sometime in mid to late December and travelled on to Florence. This page contains four sketches which were probably drawn en route from a moving vehicle, retracing part of the road which Turner had taken in September on his journey south towards Rome from Ancona. The three uppermost drawings represent views of Trevi, a town on the crest of a hill, approximately six miles south-east of Foligno and seventy miles north of the capital. The highest point visible is the campanile of the Cathedral of Sant’Emiliano. Further sketches relating to Trevi dating from the outward journey to Rome can be found in the Ancona to Rome sketchbook (see Tate D14720 and D14722; Turner Bequest CLXXVII 35 and 36). At the bottom of the page Turner has annotated the small sketch as the ‘Wall of Florence’.

Nicola Moorby
February 2009

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