Joseph Mallord William Turner

View of Mountains, Ancona; and a Sketch of a Woman

1819

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 88 × 114 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13860
Turner Bequest CLXXI 1 a

Catalogue entry

The written inscription beneath this rough pencil sketch of distant mountains identifies it as having been drawn on the spot at Ancona. The wobbly, uncertain lines indicate that it was almost certainly executed from a moving carriage. This part of Turner’s 1819 Italian journey was largely documented in the Venice to Ancona sketchbook (see Tate; Turner Bequest CLXXVI).
Turner has also changed the orientation of the sketchbook and used the page vertically to draw a swift figure study of a woman.

Nicola Moorby
March 2010

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