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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Distant Hills from above a Road through Trees, Perhaps near Rimini 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 58 Verso:
Distant Hills from above a Road through Trees, Perhaps near Rimini 1819
D14594
Turner Bequest CLXXVI 54a
Pencil on white wove paper, 111 x 184 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Road’ towards bottom left
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this rural prospect is from a vantage point above the road marked in the foreground; perhaps Turner’s carriage is indicated there, pausing near a small building. Beyond the wooded slopes on the left is a prospect where successive hills recede, apparently along a broad, meandering river valley without specific landmarks. The immediately adjacent pages show urban views of Rimini, and this scene was possibly in the vicinity.
Cecilia Powell has commented on the relatively uneventful phase of Turner’s journey between leaving Bologna and reaching Rimini (folios 43 recto–60 verso; D14566–D14598; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 39a–56a);1 for his overall route south-east between Bologna and Ancona, see the sketchbook’s Introduction.

Matthew Imms
March 2017

1
See Powell 1984, pp.89–90, 465 note 98.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Distant Hills from above a Road through Trees, Perhaps near Rimini 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-distant-hills-from-above-a-road-through-trees-perhaps-near-r1186330, accessed 25 January 2022.