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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Sketches of Macerata, and the View from the Walls 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 22 Recto:
Sketches of Macerata, and the View from the Walls 1819
D14695
Turner Bequest CLXXVII 22
Pencil on white wove paper, 110 x 186 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘Macerata’ underneath top left-hand sketch
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘22’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CLXXVII 22’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner’s inscription ‘Macerata’ is the only current clue for identifying the subject matter of this sketchbook page. The page is roughly divided into three sections. Top left appears to show a number of architectural elements including columns and arches. The forms in the top right-hand corner are so indistinct as to be almost indecipherable. The bottom half of the page shows a view of mountainous landscape seen from a high viewpoint, probably the road outside the walls of the town.

Nicola Moorby
November 2008

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Sketches of Macerata, and the View from the Walls 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, November 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-sketches-of-macerata-and-the-view-from-the-walls-r1138857, accessed 23 January 2021.