Joseph Mallord William Turner

Serravalle di Chienti; and a Distant View of the Rocca di Varano

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
D14707
Turner Bequest CLXXVII 28 a

Catalogue entry

Turner has used this page both horizontally and vertically. As the inscribed place name indicates the main landscape sketch depicts Serravalle di Chienti, a small town in the Apennines approximately fifteen miles north-east of Foligno. Turner’s viewpoint is from the south-west looking down a valley with the town surrounded on all sides by mountains.
With the sketchbook turned vertically the artist has also drawn a distant view of the Rocca di Varano, a decaying fortress perched on the summit of a steep peak between Campolarzo and Camerino, see folio 26 verso (D14704).

Nicola Moorby
November 2008

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