Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Boboli Gardens, Florence

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 × 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16570
Turner Bequest CXCI 50 a

Catalogue entry

As Turner’s inscription indicates, this sketch depicts a view of the Boboli Gardens, a formal sixteenth-century landscaped park which lies across a hill to the south and west of the Palazzo Pitti in Florence. The view shows terraced levels adorned with classical statues and urns, although the precise location remains unidentified. The artist made a sequence of studies within the gardens, see also folios 51 verso, 52 verso–53, 68 verso (Tate D16572, D16574–D16575, D16600).

Nicola Moorby
February 2011

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