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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner General View of Loreto from the South 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 13 Recto:
General View of Loreto from the South 1819
Turner Bequest CLXXVII 13
Pencil on white wove paper, 110 x 186 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘13’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CLXXVII 13’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner made a number of sketches in and around Loreto, a city approximately fourteen miles south of Ancona, see folio 10 (D14671). This page contains a view of the city from the south with Monte Conero and the Adriatic Sea along the horizon in the background. The sketch clearly shows how the historical centre of the city neatly occupies the contours of the hill onto which it is built.1 Dominating the skyline is the dome and campanile of the Santuario della Casa, with the tower of the Palazzo Comunale on the left.

Nicola Moorby
November 2008

Compare with a drawing by Richard Wilson from the opposite direction in David Solkin, Richard Wilson, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1982, p.156, no.19, reproduced.

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘General View of Loreto from the South 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-general-view-of-loreto-from-the-south-r1138839, accessed 29 May 2024.