Joseph Mallord William Turner

Notes by James Hakewill on Travelling in Italy


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Pen and ink on paper
Support: 88 × 114 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXI 15

Catalogue entry

This page contains advice to Turner on travelling in Italy in preparation for the artist’s first tour of the country in 1819. The author of the inscription is James Hakewill (1778–1843), with whom Turner collaborated on the engraved print project, Picturesque Tour of Italy, published 1820 (see the introduction to the sketchbook). The text was first transcribed by Finberg,1 and is repeated here with minor variations:
the Banker for him – or of | Mr. Joseph Modetti, in the Corso | near the Piazza Colonna, on the | right going down the street. | Hire a couple of horses and a | guide and make one tour to | Albano, Marino ^ Grotto Ferrata ^ Frascati, & Tivoli | and back to Rome. there is a
The comments lead on from folio 14 (D13883) and concern an instruction to try to hire a servant named Lorenzo, previously employed by Hakewill himself during his own sojourn in Rome in 1816–17. He also advises Turner to make a tour of the countryside surrounding the city. Turner visited all of the recommended locations, although instead of a single, all-encompassing tour, he seems to have made separate visits to Tivoli and the towns of the Alban Hills, see the Albano, Nemi, Rome sketchbook (Tate; Turner Bequest CLXXXII), the Tivoli and Rome sketchbook (Tate; Turner Bequest CLXXIX, and the Tivoli sketchbook (Tate; Turner Bequest CLXXXIII). Further notes by Hakewill are on folio 15 verso (D13886) but the continuity of the content on this page can be found on folio 16 (D13887). The outlined itinerary is also repeated to some extent on folio 37 verso (D13931).

Nicola Moorby
March 2010

Finberg 1909, p.497.

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