Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketches of Macerata, and the View from the Walls

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
D14695
Turner Bequest CLXXVII 22

Catalogue entry

Turner’s inscription ‘Macerata’ is the only current clue for identifying the subject matter of this sketchbook page. The page is roughly divided into three sections. Top left appears to show a number of architectural elements including columns and arches. The forms in the top right-hand corner are so indistinct as to be almost indecipherable. The bottom half of the page shows a view of mountainous landscape seen from a high viewpoint, probably the road outside the walls of the town.

Nicola Moorby
November 2008

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