Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Rocca of Caterina Sforza at Forlì

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: 111 × 184 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14578
Turner Bequest CLXXVI 45

Catalogue entry

As recognised by Cecilia Powell, the subject is Forlì’s impressive medieval Rocca of Ravaldino (or Caterina Sforza),1 seen from the north; the prospect is now obscure by trees. The fortress is also shown on folio 44 verso (D14569; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 40a), under which other views of the city are noted.
Powell has commented on the relatively uneventful phase of Turner’s journey between leaving Bologna and reaching Rimini (folios 43 recto–60 verso; D14566–D14598; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 39a–56a);2 for his overall route south-east between Bologna and Ancona, see the sketchbook’s Introduction.

Matthew Imms
March 2017

1
See Powell 1984, p.406.
2
See Powell 1984, pp.89–90, 465 note 98.

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