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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Notes by Turner on Italy 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 5 Verso:
Notes by Turner on Italy 1819
Turner Bequest CLXXI 5 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 88 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘Venezio. Palestrina | Tivolo. [?Viale] Ostiale | Place de Colonano | C and R Vicolo Col Palzz’ top centre
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This page contains inscriptions by Turner on places in Italy, possibly notes derived from a travel guide, or memoranda jotted down in conversation with James Hakewill (see the introduction to the sketchbook). Venice and Tivoli were amongst the many locations included on his 1819 tour of the country. As Cecilia Powell and James Hamilton have both noted, the artist’s mention here of Palestrina may represent his intention to visit this ancient city, approximately twenty miles east of Rome.1 Yet despite it forming the subject of a later finished oil painting, Palestrina – Composition, 1828 (Tate N06283),2 there are no identifiable sketches within either the 1819 or 1828 sketchbooks, suggesting that he may never have gone there. For a further discussion see folio 28 (D13911).

Nicola Moorby
March 2010

Powell 1984, p.331 note 132 and Hamilton 2009, p.69.
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, no.295.

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Notes by Turner on Italy 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 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-notes-by-turner-on-italy-r1138686, accessed 19 May 2024.