Joseph Mallord William Turner

Three Landscape Sketches Including a Distant View of Gensano; and Studies of Figures at Capua

1819

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 189 × 113 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16082
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 88

Catalogue entry

This page contains three sketches which appear to depict a tabernacle or roadside altar within a landscape. The rough nature of the drawings suggests that they were drawn from the road, perhaps from a moving vehicle. Turner’s inscription indicates that the bottom vista represents a distant view of the town of Genzano di Roma, see also folio 90 verso (D16083; Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 88a), but the meaning of ‘St Agatha’ currently remains unidentified. Other studies bearing the same annotation can be found on folios 62 verso–63 (D16028–D16029; Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 60a–61).
Also on the page are a couple of swift figure studies recording details of Italian peasant costume. The artist has noted that these were made at Capua, a town on the Via Appia just north of Naples.

Nicola Moorby
September 2010

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