Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Palazzo Sforza Cesarini, Genzano


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 113 × 189 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXXII 20 a

Catalogue entry

After sketching around Lake Albano, Turner moved south-east across to Lake Nemi. This partial study of a grand building on the shores above the lake depicts the seventeenth-century Palazzo Sforza Cesarini in Genzano. The artist has incorporated just enough detail to record the main entrance in the centre of the façade and the differing architectural elements of the three storeys. The prospect is similar to that adopted by the Welsh landscape artist, Richard Wilson (1714–1782) in a drawing, The Terrace of the Capuchin Convent at Genzano (whereabouts unknown) and a related oil painting, Lake Nemi from a Convent Garden (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York).1 For related studies and a general discussion of Turner’s view of Lake Nemi see folio 19 (D15329).
In the top right-hand corner is a group of trees and buildings which belongs to the sketch on the opposite page, see folio 20 verso (D15333).

Nicola Moorby
May 2008

Reproduced in Denys Sutton (ed.), An Italian Sketchbook by Richard Wilson RA, vol.II, London 1968, p.28. See also sketch on folio 6 of sketchbook, reproduced vol.1, [p.23].

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