Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Sketches of the Piazza Cavour and Porta San Gallo, Florence

1819

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 100 × 113 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16583
Turner Bequest CXCI 59

Catalogue entry

The two sketches on this partially torn page represent views of the Piazza Cavour (present-day Piazza della Libertà) and the Porta San Gallo in Florence.1 The latter is a medieval gate which was the northernmost point of entry to the city and it can be seen in both of the studies immediately behind the large eighteenth-century triumphal arch. The upper vista includes the view looking south across Florence towards the unmistakable dome and campanile of the Duomo. Related studies can also be seen on folios 59 verso and 70 (D16584 and D16603).

Nicola Moorby
January 2011

1
Finberg 1909, p.569 and Powell 1984, p.205.

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