Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Views of Lake Como; Including One of Laglio from the North

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: 111 × 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14268
Turner Bequest CLXXIV 64

Catalogue entry

This page contains two separate views of Lake Como. Turner’s viewpoint for both appears to be from a boat on the waters of the lake and, as his inscription indicates, the lower vista depicts the town of Laglio on the western shore. The artist is looking south in the direction of Como. The upper vista is not conclusively identified although it is likely to represent the view from the same location but looking in the opposite direction, towards Torriggia on the left and Careno on the right.
Federico Crimi has suggested that this sketch relates to a series of drawings documenting Turner’s second expedition by boat along the western coast of Lake Como, from Como in the south to Menaggio in the north, near the head of the lake.1 For further sketches of Lake Como see folio 48 (D14234; Turner Bequest CLXXIV 47).

Nicola Moorby
January 2013

1
Crimi 2007, p.28.

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