Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Adriatic Coast with Ancona in the Distance

1819

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 111 × 184 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14609
Turner Bequest CLXXVI 63

Catalogue entry

As Cecilia Powell recognised, the view is south-east along the Adriatic coast towards Ancona; there is a similar view on folio 69 recto (D14613; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 65). For Powell’s comments on the relatively uneventful phase of Turner’s journey between leaving Rimini and reaching Ancona itself (folios 61 recto–69 recto; D14599–D14613; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 57–65), see under D14599.1
Compare a slight drawing of mountains labelled ‘Ancona’ in the contemporary Route to Rome sketchbook (Tate D13860; Turner Bequest CLXXI 1a), as well as a figure study possibly made there (Tate D13930; Turner Bequest CLXXI 37).

Matthew Imms
March 2017

1
See Powell 1984, pp.92, 466 note 108.

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