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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner ?The Castle, San Giorio di Susa 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 3 Recto:
?The Castle, San Giorio di Susa 1819
D14148
Turner Bequest CLXXIV 3
Pencil on white wove paper, 111 x 186 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘284’ top right and ‘3’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CLXXIV 3’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Comparison with the subject of folio 4 (D14150), suggests that this sketch depicts the ruined medieval castle at San Giorio di Susa,1 a small town in the Susa valley that Turner passed through on his way to Turin at the start of his 1819 Italian tour. The castle is located on a hill to the east of the town and is the most visible landmark in this part of the valley.

Nicola Moorby
December 2012

1
Tentatively identified by Federcio Crimi, see Crimi 2007, p.23 note 16.

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘?The Castle, San Giorio di Susa 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-the-castle-san-giorio-di-susa-r1142671, accessed 23 May 2024.