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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Distant View of Velletri 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 12 Recto:
Distant View of Velletri 1819
Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 12
Pencil on white wove paper, 122 x 197 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘Vletri’ bottom centre
Inscribed by ?John Ruskin in blue ink ‘281’ bottom right and ‘12’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CLXXXIV 12’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner’s inscription beneath this sketch indicates that it is a distant view of Velletri, a town on the edge of the Alban Hills, approximately twenty miles south-east of Rome. The Via Appia passes directly through the town en route to Naples. Turner made a thumbnail pen-and-ink copy of a related vista after John ‘Warwick’ Smith (1749–1831) in the Italian Guide Book sketchbook (Tate D13968; Turner Bequest CLXXII 20).

Nicola Moorby
April 2010

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Distant View of Velletri 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 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-velletri-r1138039, accessed 28 May 2024.