Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Views of the Borromean Islands, Lake Maggiore

1819

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 121 × 195 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16945
Turner Bequest CXCIV 29 a

Catalogue entry

The subjects of these two sketches are the Borromean Islands, a small group of islands located within the western arm of Lake Maggiore.1 The upper vista depicts a view from the western shore between Baveno and Stresa looking towards the Isola Pescatori on the left (also known as Isola Superiore) and Isola Bella on the right. The lower scene is too rough to be conclusively identified although Federico Crimi has tentatively suggested it may represent Isola Bella.2 Boats can clearly be discerned moored against the water’s edge on the right. The artist has employed small areas of white scratching-out to create some tonal variety and definition within the studies.

Nicola Moorby
May 2011

1
Tentatively identified by Crimi 2007, p.30.
2
Crimi 2009, pp.61–2.

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