Joseph Mallord William Turner

?The Castle Walls and Bastion at Loreto

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
D14664
Turner Bequest CLXXVII 6 a

Catalogue entry

After a sustained period of travel along the east coast from Rimini, Turner’s route towards Rome turned inland at Ancona and began to follow a south-westerly course towards the Apennine Mountains. Many of the urban settlements in this part of Italy were built upon high ground and Turner made a number of sketches of the hilltop towns and cities he glimpsed as he travelled through the landscape of the Marche region of Italy. The order of these drawings within the beginning of this sketchbook does not appear to follow a strict geographical sequence.
This sketch is not conclusively identified but may depict the Renaissance walls and circular bastion near the Porta Romana in Loreto. Similar views seen from the north of the city can be seen on folios 9 verso (D14670) and 10 verso (D14672). The wobbly, uncertain lines indicate that it was almost certainly drawn from a moving carriage.

Nicola Moorby
November 2008

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