Joseph Mallord William Turner

Trieste from the Ramparts of the Castello di San Giusto, with the Lighthouse in the Distance; ?a Castle near Graz

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
D30115
Turner Bequest CCXCIX 60

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally, the main view is westwards, looking down from the bastions of the Castello di San Giusto to the lighthouse at the south-west end of Trieste’s harbour, with the campanile of the church of Santa Maria Maggiore down the slope on the right. This is one of a sequence of views in and around the Adriatic port city, made working inwards from the back of this sketchbook; see under folio 57 recto (D30109).1
The other way up towards the gutter is a rough skyline view of fortifications; compare the view of a mountain castle (likely the same building) at the outer edge of folio 59 verso opposite (D30114). As implied by Cecilia Powell,2 both sketches may be labelled ‘Gratz’, indicating their proximity to Graz (see under folio 41 verso; D30079), the next significant stop on Turner’s route north-east towards Vienna.

Matthew Imms
September 2018

1
See also Powell 1995, pp.66, 81 note 18.
2
See ibid., p.240.

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