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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Lake Albano and Castel Gandolfo 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 11 Recto:
Lake Albano and Castel Gandolfo 1819
Turner Bequest CLXXXII 11
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
Inscribed by the ?artist in pencil ‘11’ top left
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ’11 top right and ‘301 303’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CLXXXII 11’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner circled the Lake of Albano and made sketches from several different points. This view of the town of Castel Gandolfo from the opposite shore shows the dome of San Tommaso di Villanova and the adjacent buildings of the Pope’s summer villa. The position of the sun low in the sky, casting a rippled reflection on the water below, suggests that he was working at the end of the day as the sun was setting in the west beyond Castel Gandolfo. The view continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 10 verso (D15314).
For a full discussion of Turner’s depictions of Lake Albano see folio 3 verso (D15301) and the general introduction to the sketchbook.

Nicola Moorby
May 2008

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Lake Albano and Castel Gandolfo 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 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-lake-albano-and-castel-gandolfo-r1132610, accessed 18 June 2024.