Joseph Mallord William Turner

Recanati from the East

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: 110 × 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14688
Turner Bequest CLXXVII 18 a

Catalogue entry

After visiting the city of Loreto, Turner’s route took him south-west towards Macerata. The subject of the landscape in the top left-hand corner of this page is the next location of note after Loreto, Recanati, a small hill town approximately three miles away, best known as the birthplace of Turner’s contemporary, the Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi (1798–1837). The sketch depicts Recanati from the east, looking west towards the distant line of the Apennine Mountains. On the far right-hand side is the medieval Torre del Borgo (Civic Tower).
Nicola Moorby
2008

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