As Finberg first identified, the subject of this sketch as a view of Moncalieri, a town approximately five miles south of Turin.1 Turner’s view depicts the town from the west, standing on the opposite bank of the River Po. The most recognisable landmark is the Castello Reale, a residence of the ruling House of Savoy which stands on a hill above the town (left-hand side of the composition) and is characterised by four square angular towers connecting long galleries. A small part of the drawing spills over onto the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 16 verso (D14175; Turner Bequest CLXXIV 15v).
Turner made a number of sketches of Moncalieri, drawing it from a distance, see folios 14 verso–16 (D14171–D14174), in greater detail from within the town itself, see folios 17 verso–19, 21 verso (D14177–D14182, D14185; Turner Bequest CLXXIV 16a–18, 20a), and as part of a wider panoramic sweep of the surrounding countryside, folios 20 verso–21, 22–22 verso (D14183– D14184, D14186–D14187; Turner Bequest CLXXIV 19 a–20, 21–21a).
Finberg 1930, p.163.