Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketches on the road from Foligno, including distant views of Trevi and Pissignano

1819

In Tate Britain

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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
D14720
Turner Bequest CLXXVII 35

Catalogue entry

At Foligno, the route to Rome joined the Via Flaminia and continued south towards Spoleto. The two sketches on this page chart stages of Turner’s journey towards the Temple of the Clitumnus near Pissignano. The upper view is a distant prospect of Trevi, a town on the crest of a hill, with the campanile of the Cathedral of Sant’Emiliano. The bottom half of the page is devoted to the approach towards Pissignano, a medieval fortress built on the hillside above the ancient Temple of Clitumnus. There is also a very rough thumbnail sketch of a distant view of the temple in the top right-hand corner. For a detailed discussion see folio 37 verso (D14725).
Additionally, there are some decorative architectural details on this page which Turner has labelled ‘Foligno’. These have been drawn with the sketchbook held vertically as a notebook. It is not known to what they relate.

Nicola Moorby
November 2008

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