Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Distant Views of Moncalieri, from the East


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 111 x 186 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXIV 15

Catalogue entry

This page contains two separate but related sketches. The larger drawing represents part of a wider landscape composition continued on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 15 verso (D14173; Turner Bequest CLXXIV 14a). The view depicted is that of the town of Moncalieri from the east, and visible on this sheet is the distinctive silhouette of the Castello Reale, a residence of the ruling house of Savoy. Dominating the background are the massive peaks of the French Alps. Also on the page, in the bottom right-hand corner, is a separate, smaller study, also depicting a general view of Moncalieri from the east, with the Po river winding its way to the south.
For a more detailed study of the Castello Reale and a list of further views of Moncalieri see folio 17 (D14176; Turner Bequest CLXXIV 16).

Nicola Moorby
December 2012

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