Joseph Mallord William Turner

View of Frascati and the Roman Campagna from the Villa Rufinella


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 113 × 189 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXXII 29

Catalogue entry

The building visible on the opposite page, see folio 28 verso (D15349) confirms that Turner’s viewpoint for this sketch was the Villa Ruffinella, one of a number of papal residences built high on the hill above the town of Frascati. In addition to the distant line of the Sabine mountains, the sweep of this panorama encompasses several other villas laid out in the valley beneath including the Villa Falconieri (centre foreground) with its laghetto (which Turner has labelled ‘wat[e]r’) and the Villa Mondragone (on higher ground, far right).
As was so often the case during his travels in the countryside surrounding Rome, Turner was reminded of the work of Richard Wilson, inscribing the Welsh master’s name on the horizon of the ‘Brown’ campagna.

Nicola Moorby
May 2008

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