Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Church and Bridge of San Giacomo, Foligno, from across the River Topino


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 110 × 186 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXVII 33 a

Catalogue entry

Turner’s passage through the Apennines took him out the Marche region of Italy and into Umbria where the first significant stop of note en routeto Rome was Foligno, a town extending across a large plain to the west of the mountains. Eustace described it in A Classical Tour Through Italy as ‘large ... yet a very indifferent town’,1 but despite his ambivalence, Turner found Foligno provided some interesting subjects for sketching. Cecilia Powell has identified this view as the Church of San Giacomo from across the River Topino. In the foreground are the arches and tower of the Ponte San Giacomo (demolished in 1837). The site of present-day Porta Firenze, the bridge represented the main entrance to Foligno from the north.
Other sketches of Foligno can be found on folios 34 (D14718), 34 verso (D14719) and 35 verso (D14721), as well as in the Route to Rome sketchbook (Tate D13891 and D13896; Turner Bequest CLXXI 18 and 20 verso).

Nicola Moorby
November 2008

John Chetwode Eustace, A Classical Tour Through Italy, London 1815, vol.I, p.318.

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