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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Sketches on the road from Foligno, including distant views of Trevi and Pissignano 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 35 Recto:
Sketches on the road from Foligno, including distant views of Trevi and Pissignano 1819
D14720
Turner Bequest CLXXVII 35
Pencil on white wove paper, 110 x 186 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘Doric’ top right and ‘Foligno’ running vertically along lower right-hand edge
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘CLXXVII 35’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CLXXVII 35’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
At Foligno, the route to Rome joined the Via Flaminia and continued south towards Spoleto. The two sketches on this page chart stages of Turner’s journey towards the Temple of the Clitumnus near Pissignano. The upper view is a distant prospect of Trevi, a town on the crest of a hill, with the campanile of the Cathedral of Sant’Emiliano. The bottom half of the page is devoted to the approach towards Pissignano, a medieval fortress built on the hillside above the ancient Temple of Clitumnus. There is also a very rough thumbnail sketch of a distant view of the temple in the top right-hand corner. For a detailed discussion see folio 37 verso (D14725).
Additionally, there are some decorative architectural details on this page which Turner has labelled ‘Foligno’. These have been drawn with the sketchbook held vertically as a notebook. It is not known to what they relate.

Nicola Moorby
November 2008

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Sketches on the road from Foligno, including distant views of Trevi and Pissignano 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-on-the-road-from-foligno-including-distant-views-of-r1138883, accessed 06 May 2021.