Joseph Mallord William Turner

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


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 113 × 189 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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

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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