Joseph Mallord William Turner

Town on a Hill, Seen from a Bridge, ?Sant’Agata

1819

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 × 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16028
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 60 a

Catalogue entry

Despite Turner’s inscription, ‘St Agatha’, at the bottom of the page, the location of these three landscape sketches currently remains unidentified. The details are somewhat rough and schematic but the main composition appears to represent a hilltop town with distant mountains, seen from a bridge or aqueduct. There are a couple of distinctive buildings with domes and towers which are probably churches. The drawing continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 63 (D16029; Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 61). Other studies bearing the same annotation can be found on folio 90 (D16082; Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 88).

Nicola Moorby
July 2010

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