Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketch of ?Villa Gallo; and a Figure Study

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: 113 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40943

Catalogue entry

Turner has used the inside front cover of the sketchbook for a rough sketch of part of the Villa Gallo on the Capodimonte Hill in Naples. Built for the Duke of Gallo in 1809, the estate was famous for panoramic views across the city and bay. A related drawing can be found on the inside back cover (D40943), and according to the artist’s inscription in the bottom right-hand corner, it was the last thing he drew in this sketchbook. Also on the page is a rough figure study of a woman with annotated notes on her costume.

Nicola Moorby
September 2010

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