Joseph Mallord William Turner

Moncalieri and Distant Alps, from the Castello Reale

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: 111 x 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14186
Turner Bequest CLXXIV 21

Catalogue entry

This sketch is one of a series of views depicting the town of Moncalieri, approximately five miles south of Turin. This page contains part of a panoramic view looking south and west from the Castello Reale, a residence of the ruling House of Savoy which stands on the high ground to the north of the town. Turner’s viewpoint is a high terrace near the south-west tower of the castle and visible on this side of the vista is the landscape surrounding Moncalieri, including the River Po and the smaller Sangone stream.1 Dominating the background are the distant Alps, including the distinctive pyramid peak of Monte Viso. The composition is continued on folio 21 (D14184; Turner Bequest CLXXIV 20). Turner peeled back the first sheet in order to continue the drawing on this underlying page.
For a list of further views of Moncalieri see folio 17 (D14176; Turner Bequest CLXXIV 16).

Nicola Moorby
December 2012

1
Today this area is heavily industrialised.

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