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After his expedition to the Simplon Pass, Turner returned to Italy where his route took him along the western shores of Lake Maggiore on the road to Milan. The location of this sketch is Arona, a town near the southern tip of the lake, and Turner’s viewpoint is the Piazza del Popolo, the old port and marketplace situated directly beside the water’s edge.1 The view looks north-east from the square towards the Rocca di Angera, a castle on a hill on the opposite side of the lake.
The medieval walls and crenallated gate towers visible within this sketch no longer survive. However, they can be seen in a later watercolour by Turner, Arona, Lago Maggiore circa 1828 (private collection).2
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- Lake Maggiore(15)