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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Villa d'Este, Tivoli 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 10 Recto:
The Villa d’Este, Tivoli 1819
D14948
Turner Bequest CLXXIX 10
Pencil on white wove paper, 112 x 186 mm
Inscribed by ?John Ruskin in blue ink ‘10’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CLXXIX 10’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner made several studies of the Villa d’Este, a sixteenth-century villa and formal Renaissance garden built for Cardinal Ippolito d’Este (1509–1572), the son of Lucrezia Borgia. This sketch appears to depict a view of the estate from the casino, including some of the celebrated cypress trees, reputed to be the largest and oldest in Italy.
For a full discussion of Turner’s sketches of the Villa d’Este see folio 5 verso (D14942).

Nicola Moorby
January 2010

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘The Villa d’Este, Tivoli 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2010, 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-the-villa-deste-tivoli-r1137580, accessed 25 June 2021.