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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Part of a Study of the Duomo and the Broletto, Como; Also Architectural Details from the Western Façade of the Duomo 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 64 Recto:
Part of a Study of the Duomo and the Broletto, Como; Also Architectural Details from the Western Façade of the Duomo 1819
D14266
Turner Bequest CLXXIV 63
Pencil on white wove paper, 111 x 186 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘W Blue | Red’, ‘Window’, ‘Striped Red and White gown’, ‘Black [?veil] | and white [?Hankerchief]’ within sketches
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘63’ bottom left, inverted and ‘284’ top left, inverted
Stamped in black ‘CLXXIV 63’ top left, inverted
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This page contains two distinct sets of drawings. On the left-hand side is a continuation of a sketch of the Duomo and the Broletto at Como which has spilled over from the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 63 verso (D14265; Turner Bequest CLXXIV 62a). The right-hand side of the sheet meanwhile contains a number of thumbnail studies of architectural features from the western façade of the cathedral. These include one of the small statues in niches which surround two tall arched windows, as well as a rough sketch of the sculpture of Pliny the Elder from the right-hand side of the door and part of the decorative niche in which the sculpture sits. Further drawings of the cathedral can be seen on folio 64 verso (D14267; Turner Bequest CLXXIV 63a).

Nicola Moorby
January 2013

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Part of a Study of the Duomo and the Broletto, Como; Also Architectural Details from the Western Façade of the Duomo 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, August 2013, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-part-of-a-study-of-the-duomo-and-the-broletto-como-also-r1142787, accessed 21 August 2019.