Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Walls and Bastion of Loreto, with the Tower of the Palazzo Comunale; and a Distant View of ?Recanati


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
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 10 a

Catalogue entry

The first significant place of interest on the route to Rome from Ancona was Loreto, a famous site of Catholic pilgrimage. Turner made a number of sketches in and around the city, see folio 10 (D14671). The subject of this view is a section of the sixteenth-century walls at the western end of the city, dominated by the circular bastion of the comune. Visible to the left is the tower of the Palazzo Comunale. Turner drew the same view from a greater distance on folios 9 verso (D14670) and 10 (D14672), and also in the Rimini to Rome Sketchbook, 1828 (Tate, D14671; Turner Bequest CLXXVIII 33).
In the top right-hand corner is a landscape with a distant hilltop town, possibly Recanati seen from the walls of Loreto.

Nicola Moorby
November 2008

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