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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner ?Distant View of Loreto 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 2 Recto:
?Distant View of Loreto 1819
Turner Bequest CLXXVII 2
Pencil on white wove paper, 110 x 186 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘2’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CLXXVII 2’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
After a sustained period of travel along the east coast from Rimini, Turner’s route towards Rome turned inland at Ancona and began to follow a south-westerly course towards the Apennine Mountains. Many of the urban settlements in this part of Italy were built upon high ground and Turner made a number of sketches of the hilltop towns and cities he glimpsed from his carriage as he travelled through the landscape of the Marche region of Italy. The order of these drawings within the beginning of this sketchbook does not appear to follow a strict geographical sequence.
The subject of this sketch is not conclusively identified although it may depict a distant view of Loreto, with the city walls in the centre and the dome and campanile of the Santuario della Santa Casa on the far left. The same town also appears on folio 3 (D14657).

Nicola Moorby
November 2008

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘?Distant View of Loreto 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, November 2008, 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-loreto-r1138817, accessed 30 May 2024.