Joseph Mallord William Turner

Twelve Copies of Engravings after John ‘Warwick’ Smith from ‘Select Views in Italy’

c.1819

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 155 x 99 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13964
Turner Bequest CLXXII 18

Catalogue entry

This page is one of a series containing small pen-and-ink sketches of topographical Italian views. As Finberg first identified, these are copies of the engraved plates in John Smith, William Byrne and John Emes’s, Select Views in Italy, published in two volumes between 1792–9. The images derive from the following compositions (in sequence left to right and top to bottom):
i
Perugia, drawn by John ‘Warwick’ Smith and engraved by Benjamin Thomas Pouncy. Inscribed by the artist in black ink ‘Perugia’ bottom right.1
ii
Assisi, drawn by John ‘Warwick’ Smith and engraved by William Byrne.2 Inscribed by the artist in black ink ‘Assisi’ bottom centre.
iii
Temple of Clitumnus, drawn by John ‘Warwick’ Smith from a sketch by Sir Richard Colt Hoare and engraved by Benjamin Thomas Pouncy.3 Inscribed by the artist in black ink ‘Temple of Clitumnus’ bottom centre.
iv
Castle of Spoleto, drawn by John ‘Warwick’ Smith from a sketch by Sir Richard Colt Hoare and engraved by Benjamin Thomas Pouncy.4 Inscribed by the artist in black ink ‘Spoleto’ bottom centre.
v
The Approach to the Cascade of Terni, drawn by John ‘Warwick’ Smith and engraved by John Emes.5 Inscribed by the artist in black ink ‘Approach to the Fall of Terni’ bottom centre.
vi
Cascade of Terni, drawn by John ‘Warwick’ Smith and engraved by William Byrne and Benjamin Thomas Pouncy.6 Inscribed by the artist in black ink ‘Fall of Terni’ bottom centre.
vii
The Lake of Piede Lugo, drawn by John ‘Warwick’ Smith and engraved by Benjamin Thomas Pouncy.7 Inscribed by the artist in black ink ‘Lake of Piede Lugo’ bottom centre and right.
viii
The Bridge of Augustus at Narni, drawn by John ‘Warwick’ Smith and engraved by John Landseer.8 Inscribed by the artist in black ink ‘B. Agustus of Narni’ bottom left and centre.
ix
Modern Bridge at Narni, drawn by John ‘Warwick’ Smith and engraved by Benjamin Thomas Pouncy.9 Inscribed by the artist in black ink ‘Narni’ bottom right
x
Borghetto and Ponte Felice, drawn by John ‘Warwick’ Smith and engraved by Benjamin Thomas Pouncy.10 Inscribed by the artist in black ink ‘Borghetto and Ponte Felice’ bottom centre and right

Nicola Moorby
July 2008

1
John Smith, William Byrne and John Emes, Select Views in Italy with Topographical and Historical Descriptions in English and French, vol.I, London 1792, pl.11.
2
Ibid., pl.12.
3
Ibid., pl.13.
4
Ibid., pl.14.
5
Ibid., pl.15.
6
Ibid., pl.16.
7
Ibid., pl.17.
8
Ibid., pl.18.
9
Ibid., pl.19.
10
Ibid., pl.20.
11
Ibid., pl.21.
12
Ibid., pl.23.
13
Carandente 1968, p.17; Powell 1984, p.469 note 138.

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