Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Views from the road leaving Loreto, including the Aqueduct outside Recanati

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: 110 × 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14680
Turner Bequest CLXXVII 14 a

Catalogue entry

After visiting the city of Loreto, Turner’s route took him south-west towards the Apennine Mountains. These two landscapes depict views from the road south of Loreto looking towards Recanati, a small hill town approximately three miles away. In the foreground of the uppermost sketch can be seen a sixteenth-century aqueduct which stretched across the valley between the two locations and which supplied water from the mountains to Loreto. Built by Giovanni Fontana and Carlo Maderno during the papacy of Paul V (1552–1621), its remains can still be seen today to the left of the road leaving Loreto, see folio 12 verso (D14676).

Nicola Moorby
November 2008

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