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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Four Views of Florence and Fiesole 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 79 Verso:
Four Views of Florence and Fiesole 1819
Turner Bequest CXCI 79 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 189 x 113 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘[?Borghese]’ and ‘[L...viatte]’ and ‘Munone Munioni’ and ‘Purple’ within top sketch. Also ‘Ox’ bottom left of second sketch from bottom, and ‘R’ within bottom sketch
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This page contains four distinct landscape sketches. As Cecilia Powell identified the central two vistas depict Florence seen from the north-east, on the road to, or at, Fiesole.1 Further sketches from Fiesole can be found on folios 30 verso, 31, 74–78, 79, 84 (D16542, D16543, D16608–D16616, D16618, D16627). The remaining two studies are not conclusively identified but appear to represent villas on the slopes of the Fiesole hill from the River Mugnone.

Nicola Moorby
February 2011

Powell 1984, p.431.

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Four Views of Florence and Fiesole 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 2011, 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-four-views-of-florence-and-fiesole-r1138512, accessed 04 March 2021.