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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Distant View of Cortona, from Ossaia 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 29 Recto:
Distant View of Cortona, from Ossaia 1819
D16539
Turner Bequest CXCI 29
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘Ossaia’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CXCI 29’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This sketch depicts a distant view of Cortona, a hill town which lies between Perugia and Arezzo on the nineteenth-century road to Florence. In the bottom right-hand corner Turner has annotated the drawing with the location of his viewpoint, ‘Ossaia’, a village which lies a couple of miles to the south. A related study can be seen on folio 28 verso (D16538).

Nicola Moorby
November 2010

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Distant View of Cortona, from Ossaia 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, November 2010, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-distant-view-of-cortona-from-ossaia-r1138432, accessed 24 November 2020.