Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Two Views of the Distant Ausoni Mountains from Fondi

1819

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 189 × 113 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16020
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 56

Catalogue entry

The rough nature of these two on-the-spot sketches makes their subject difficult to identify. However, Turner’s inscriptions suggest that they may represent views of the Ausoni mountains seen from Fondi, a town on the Via Appia between Terracina and Formia. The towered structure visible in the lower vista may represent the medieval castle (Castello Baronale), a rectangular structure with distinctive cylindrical towers of varying height. For other sketches see folio 24 (D15954; Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 23), the Vatican Fragments sketchbook (Tate D15160; Turner Bequest CLXXX 28a) and the Gandolfo to Naples sketchbook (Tate D15598 and D15602; Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 21a and 23a).

Nicola Moorby
July 2010

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