Joseph Mallord William Turner

Part of a Study of the Duomo and the Broletto, Como; Also Architectural Details from the Western Façade of the Duomo

1819

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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
D14266
Turner Bequest CLXXIV 63

Catalogue entry

This page contains two distinct sets of drawings. On the left-hand side is a continuation of a sketch of the Duomo and the Broletto at Como which has spilled over from the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 63 verso (D14265; Turner Bequest CLXXIV 62a). The right-hand side of the sheet meanwhile contains a number of thumbnail studies of architectural features from the western façade of the cathedral. These include one of the small statues in niches which surround two tall arched windows, as well as a rough sketch of the sculpture of Pliny the Elder from the right-hand side of the door and part of the decorative niche in which the sculpture sits. Further drawings of the cathedral can be seen on folio 64 verso (D14267; Turner Bequest CLXXIV 63a).

Nicola Moorby
January 2013

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