J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Ancona to the North, from the Banchina 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 71 Recto:
Ancona to the North, from the Banchina 1819
Turner Bequest CLXXVI 67
Pencil on white wove paper, 111 x 184 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘67’ bottom right (now faint)
Stamped in black ‘CLXXVI – 67’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This drawing continues a little way onto folio 70 verso opposite (D14616; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 66a), where the north side of the harbour is seen. The Turner scholar C.F. Bell annotated Finberg’s 1909 Inventory entry (‘Ancona’): ‘from the Banchina looking North West’.1 While the Banchina viewpoint (literally ‘quay’ or ‘wharf’) is correct, looking along what is now the Via XXIX Settembre (flanked to the left by railway lines and lorry parks), the direction is essentially northwards, tending to the north-north-east here. On the left is the outline of the Cathedral of San Ciriaco, with the dome of the church of Santi Pellegrino e Teresa to its right.
For Cecilia Powell and James Hamilton’s comments on Turner’s varied and extensive coverage of Ancona, which takes up most of the last quarter or so of this sketchbook, see under folio 69 verso (D14514; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 65a).2
Undated MS note by C.F. Bell (died 1966) in copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, p.519.
See Powell 1984, pp.92–3, 466 note 109, Powell 1987, pp.25, 202 note 45, and Hamilton 1997, pp.198, 325 note 13.
Technical notes:
The sharp creases towards the bottom left appear to be a minor manufacturing fault.

Matthew Imms
March 2017

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Ancona to the North, from the Banchina 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2017, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, July 2017, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-ancona-to-the-north-from-the-banchina-r1186353, accessed 19 January 2022.