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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner The Columns of San Lorenzo on the Corso di Porta Ticinese, Milan 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 11 Recto:
The Columns of San Lorenzo on the Corso di Porta Ticinese, Milan 1819
D14343
Turner Bequest CLXXV 11
Pencil on white wove paper, 112 x 185 mm
Partial watermark ‘Al | 18’
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘16’ and ‘1/4 [...]’ towards top right
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘11’ top right and ‘300’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CLXXV 11’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The Turner scholar C.F. Bell elaborated on Finberg’s 1909 Inventory entry (‘Roman Colonnade, San Lorenzo’): ‘Corso di Porta Ticinese, Milan’.1 The Roman colonnade known as the Colonne di San Lorenzo stands on the east side of the street, with the Basilica of San Lorenzo just beyond. Here Turner stands within the open structure, looking north, noting ‘16’ columns. The arch at the end survives, but the buildings on the right have been cleared leaving an open square in front of the church.
There is a view in the other direction from outside the colonnade on folio 10 recto (D14342). See under folio 2 recto (D14328) for other Milan views.
1
Undated MS note by C.F. Bell (died 1966) in copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, p.512.
Verso:
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Matthew Imms
March 2017

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘The Columns of San Lorenzo on the Corso di Porta Ticinese, Milan 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2017, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, July 2017, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-the-columns-of-san-lorenzo-on-the-corso-di-porta-ticinese-r1186456, accessed 19 January 2022.