Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Piazza del Nettuno, Bologna, with the Fountain of Neptune, Palazzo d’Accursio (Palazzo Communale) and Palazzo del Podestà


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 111 × 184 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXVI 26 b

Catalogue entry

This is a very slight continuation of windows, now bound opposite folio 27 recto (D14538; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 26d), a view north along the Piazza del Nettuno in Bologna. For general remarks on Bologna and Turner’s numerous views on adjacent pages, see under folio 24 recto (D14532).
In the 1909 Inventory, Finberg noted of the pages he designated Turner Bequest CLXXVI 26a–h (D14535–D14542): ‘The following four leaves were found loose, but appear to belong here.’1 Their presence as now bound at this stage of the sketchbook affects its foliation sequence compared to Finberg’s numbering; see the concordance in the Introduction. It is possible that the present page is actually the one Finberg regarded as ‘26a’ (which by his usual convention would be the verso of folio 26) coupled with ‘26b’ as a single subject (‘Palazzo Publico, Bologna, with fountain of Neptune in foreground’), and that he intended the then detached page now inscribed and stamped ‘26a’ (folio 28 recto; D14535) as ‘26b’.

Matthew Imms
March 2017

Finberg 1909, I, p.517.

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