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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner The Walls and Bastion of Loreto, with the Tower of the Palazzo Comunale; and a Distant View of ?Recanati 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 10 Verso:
The Walls and Bastion of Loreto, with the Tower of the Palazzo Comunale; and a Distant View of ?Recanati 1819
D14672
Turner Bequest CLXXVII 10 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 110 x 186 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The first significant place of interest on the route to Rome from Ancona was Loreto, a famous site of Catholic pilgrimage. Turner made a number of sketches in and around the city, see folio 10 (D14671). The subject of this view is a section of the sixteenth-century walls at the western end of the city, dominated by the circular bastion of the comune. Visible to the left is the tower of the Palazzo Comunale. Turner drew the same view from a greater distance on folios 9 verso (D14670) and 10 (D14672), and also in the Rimini to Rome Sketchbook, 1828 (Tate, D14671; Turner Bequest CLXXVIII 33).
In the top right-hand corner is a landscape with a distant hilltop town, possibly Recanati seen from the walls of Loreto.

Nicola Moorby
November 2008

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘The Walls and Bastion of Loreto, with the Tower of the Palazzo Comunale; and a Distant View of ?Recanati 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-the-walls-and-bastion-of-loreto-with-the-tower-of-the-r1138834, accessed 29 January 2022.