Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Sketches: Lake Albano Looking towards Castel Gandolfo; and the Monastery of Palazzola

1819

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 × 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15309
Turner Bequest CLXXXII 8

Catalogue entry

Turner circled Lake Albano and made sketches from several different points. This page contains two drawings: at the top is the view from the eastern shore of the lake looking across towards Castel Gandolfo; whilst the lower study depicts the monastery of Palazzola on the eastern perimeter of the lake (now owned by the Venerable English College in Rome and used as a summer residence and retreat), see also folio 9 (D15311).1
The far left-hand side of the page contains the edge of the landscape from the opposite sheet, see folio 7 verso (D15308).
For a full discussion of Turner’s depictions of Lake Albano see folio 3 verso (D15301) and the general introduction to the sketchbook.

Nicola Moorby
May 2008

1
Compare the photograph of the monastery in Thomas Ashby, The Roman Campagna in Classical Times, 2nd edition, London and New York 1927, fig.29, between pp.192–3; and in Oreste Ferrari, Tea Marintelli, Valerie Scott et al., Thomas Ashby: Un Archeologo Fotografa la Campagna Romana Tra ’800 e’900, Rome 1986, p.166, no.132 fig.1. See also a drawing of a similar view by Charels Joseph Lecointe, see Francesco Petrucci e Susanna Marra, Vedute dei Colli Albani e di Roma dall’album di viaggio di Charles Joseph Lecointe (1824–1886), exhibition catalogue, Palazzo Chigi, Ariccia 2006, no.15, p.33, reproduced.

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