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
D13971
Turner Bequest CLXXII 21 a

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
On the Island of Caprea, drawn by John ‘Warwick’ Smith and engraved by Benjamin Thomas Pouncy.1 Inscribed by the artist in black ink ‘Caprea’ bottom centre.
ii
Amalfi, drawn by John ‘Warwick’ Smith and engraved by Benjamin Thomas Pouncy.2 Inscribed by the artist in black ink ‘Amalfi Bay of Salerno’ top centre.
iii
La Cava, drawn by John ‘Warwick’ Smith and engraved by William Byrne.3 Inscribed by the artist in black ink ‘La Cava’ bottom left and ‘Cava’ bottom centre.
iv
Hermitage near La Cava, drawn by John ‘Warwick’ Smith and engraved by Benjamin Thomas Pouncy.4 Inscribed by the artist in black ink ‘Hermitage at La Cava’ top right.
v
Salerno, drawn by John ‘Warwick’ Smith and engraved by William Byrne and James Sparrow.5 Inscribed by the artist in black ink ‘Salerno’ bottom right.
vi
Pæstum, drawn by John ‘Warwick’ Smith and engraved by William Byrne and James Sparrow.6 Inscribed by the artist in black ink ‘Pestum’ top centre.
vii
Scylla, drawn by John ‘Warwick’ Smith and engraved by Benjamin Thomas Pouncy.7 Inscribed by the artist in black ink ‘Scylla | Il Sciglio’ top left. The text accompanying the plate notes that the alternative name for the village of Scylla is ‘Il Sciglio’.
viii
Genoa, drawn by John ‘Warwick’ Smith and engraved by William Byrne and James Sparrow.8 Inscribed by the artist in black ink ‘Genoa’ bottom centre.
ix
Convent of St. Domenico, at Sienna, drawn by John ‘Warwick’ Smith and engraved by William Byrne.9 Inscribed by the artist in black ink ‘Convent of Domenicco at Sienna’ across bottom.
x
Colle, drawn by John ‘Warwick’ Smith and engraved by Benjamin Thomas Pouncy.10 Inscribed by the artist in black ink ‘Colle’ bottom centre and ‘Flo and Sienna’ bottom right. The text accompanying the plate notes that Colle ‘is a small town, situated between Florence and Sienna, and built partly on a plain, and partly on an eminence’.

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.II, London 1796, pl.61.
2
Ibid., pl.62.
3
Ibid., pl.63.
4
Ibid., pl.64.
5
Ibid., pl.65.
6
Ibid., pl.66.
7
Ibid., pl.67.
8
Ibid., pl.68.
9
Ibid., pl.69.
10
Ibid., pl.70.
11
Ibid., pl.71.
12
Ibid., pl.72.

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