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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Porta Ticinese, Milan 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 8 Recto:
The Porta Ticinese, Milan 1819
Turner Bequest CLXXV 8
Pencil on white wove paper, 112 x 185 mm
Partial watermark ‘Al | 18’
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘8’ top right and ‘300’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CLXXV 8’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
As Federico Crimi and Ian Warrell have recognised, the subject is the Porta Ticinese,1 which stands on the south-western side of central Milan, facing the modern Piazza Ventiquattro Maggio. The free-standing Ionic neoclassical structure is shown from the south-east, with the arches of the further of its flanking pavilions beyond and the corner of the nearer to the right.
There is a view from the other direction of folio 9 recto (D14340). See under folio 2 recto (D14328) for other Milan views.
Crimi 2007, p.39 note 56, and undated note by Warrell in Tate catalogue files.
Technical notes:
There is a prominent finger print at the bottom centre.

Matthew Imms
March 2017

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘The 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-porta-ticinese-milan-r1186451, accessed 24 May 2024.