Joseph Mallord William Turner

Part of a View of Lake Nemi with the Town of Nemi


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 122 × 197 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 7 a

Catalogue entry

Turner made a number of sketches of Lake Nemi, a volcanic crater lake amidst the Albano Hills which he passed en route between Rome and Naples. This drawing depicts part of a view from the north-west looking across the lake towards the town of Nemi and the circular medieval tower of Castello Ruspoli. The composition continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread with the town of Genzano, see folio 8 (D15569). A similar vista can be seen in the Albano, Nemi, Rome sketchbook (Tate D15330; Turner Bequest CLXXXII 19a). For other related studies and a discussion of Lake Nemi see folio 7 (D15567).

Nicola Moorby
April 2010

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