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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Part of a View of Avigliana looking West; and a View of One of the Avigliana Lakes 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 11 Recto:
Part of a View of Avigliana looking West; and a View of One of the Avigliana Lakes 1819
D14164
Turner Bequest CLXXIV 10
Pencil on white wove paper, 111 x 186 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘284’ top right and ‘10’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CLXXIV 10’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This page contains two distinct sketches. On the left-hand side of the page is part of a landscape composition which continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 10 verso (D14163; Turner Bequest CLXXIV 9a). The view depicted is the town of Avigliana, looking west down the Val di Susa towards the Sacra di San Michele.
The second, smaller sketch can be found in the bottom right-hand corner of the page and was tentatively identified by Finberg as a view of Fort Exilles, to the west of Susa. In fact, as Federico Crimi first noted,1 it is also related to Avigliana, but in this instance depicts one of the two crater lakes which lie to the south-west of the town. The lakes, named the Lago Grande (Great Lake) and Lago Piccolo (Small Lake), are surrounded by hills and mountains and present a naturally picturesque subject for the artist. Further sketches can be found on folio 11 verso (D14165; Turner Bequest CLXXIV 10a). Turner would explore similar scenery in the hills to the south of Rome at Lake Albano and Lake Nemi (see the Albano, Nemi, Rome sketchbook, Tate, Turner Bequest CLXXXII).

Nicola Moorby
December 2012

1
Crimi 2007, p.23 note 16.

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Part of a View of Avigliana looking West; and a View of One of the Avigliana Lakes 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, December 2012, 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-view-of-avigliana-looking-west-and-a-view-of-one-r1142687, accessed 23 May 2024.