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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Lake Nemi with the Town of Nemi 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 8 Verso:
Lake Nemi with the Town of Nemi 1819
Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 8 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 122 x 197 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The town of Nemi stands on the slopes above the eastern shores of the lake of the same name, approximately eighteen miles south-east of Rome. This sketch represents a view of the town from the north with the circular medieval tower of Castello Ruspoli clearly recognisable. A similar vista can be found on folios 7 verso and 9 (D15568 and D15571). For further related studies and a general discussion of Lake Nemi see folio 7 (D1567).
Eric Shanes has tentatively linked this drawing and another on folio 10 (D15573) with a colour beginning study of a lake and distant palaces (see Tate D36320; Turner Bequest CCCLXV 29).1

Nicola Moorby
April 2010

Shanes 1997, p.98.

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Lake Nemi with the Town of Nemi 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-lake-nemi-with-the-town-of-nemi-r1138032, accessed 23 May 2024.