Joseph Mallord William Turner

View from Fiesole, with Florence in the Distance

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: 113 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16610
Turner Bequest CXCI 75

Catalogue entry

Turner’s viewpoint for this sketch of Florence from Fiesole appears to be the convent of San Francesco to the west of the town. The composition continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread with the distant silhouette of the Duomo and the rest of the city, see folio 74 verso (D16609). Visible on this side however is Fiesole itself, with the campanile of the cathedral.
For a fuller description and further studies from Fiesole see folio 30 verso (D16542).

Nicola Moorby
February 2011

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