Joseph Mallord William Turner

View of the Town of Nemi from across Lake Nemi

1819

In Tate Britain

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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
D15331
Turner Bequest CLXXXII 20

Catalogue entry

This sketch shows the town of Nemi and the northern tip of the lake of the same name as seen from the road leading towards Genzano. On the right-hand side of the landscape is a thicket of pine and cypress trees, a characteristic feature of the Alban hills, see folio 18 (D15327), and possibly the same grove visible in folio 19 (D15329).
Turner has also made a separate study in the bottom left-hand corner of the page which may be a smaller version of the same view. The composition spills over onto the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 19 verso (D15330).
For a general discussion of Turner’s view of Lake Nemi see folio 19 (D15329).

Nicola Moorby
May 2008

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