Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketches of Lake Agnano and the Hill of Camaldoli

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: 122 × 197 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15706
Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 74 a

Catalogue entry

The sketches on this page appear to depict views of Lake Agnano, a former crater lake in the Campi Flegrei (Phlegraean or Burning Fields) with the hill of Camaldoli beyond. The lake was drained in 1870 but was famous during Turner’s day as the site of the Grotto del Cane (Grotto of the Dog). The vista in the left-hand corner continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 77 (D15707; Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 75). For further views of Lake Agnano see folios 75–75 verso (D15703–D15704; Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 73–73a).

Nicola Moorby
June 2010

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