Joseph Mallord William Turner

Trieste Cathedral and the Castello di San Giusto; the Harbour and Gulf from the Ramparts

1840

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 127 × 198 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D30113
Turner Bequest CCXCIX 59

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally, the main view is westwards, looking down from the bastions of Trieste’s Castello di San Giusto to the lighthouse at the south-west end of the harbour.
Above is an elevation of the San Giusto complex, with the west end of Trieste Cathedral on the right, with the castellated walls of the central keep beyond, running north on the left to the corner tower above its rounded bastion. The Turner scholar C.F. Bell annotated Finberg’s 1909 Inventory entry (‘Town beside river’): ‘Cathedral at Trieste’.1 This is one of a sequence of views in and around the Adriatic port city, made working inwards from the back of this sketchbook, which Bell had similarly noted as such overall; see under folio 57 recto (D30109).2

Matthew Imms
September 2018

1
Undated MS note by Bell (died 1966) in copy of Finberg 1909, Prints and Drawings Room, Tate Britain, II, p.969.
2
See ibid.; see also Powell 1995, pp.66, 81 note 18.

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