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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Two Sketches: Lake Albano Looking towards Castel Gandolfo; and the Monastery of Palazzola 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 8 Recto:
Two Sketches: Lake Albano Looking towards Castel Gandolfo; and the Monastery of Palazzola 1819
D15309
Turner Bequest CLXXXII 8
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
Inscribed by the ?artist in pencil ‘8’ top left and by the artist in pencil ‘Belongs to Albano’ bottom right
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘8’ top right and ‘301’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CLXXXII 8’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner circled Lake Albano and made sketches from several different points. This page contains two drawings: at the top is the view from the eastern shore of the lake looking across towards Castel Gandolfo; whilst the lower study depicts the monastery of Palazzola on the eastern perimeter of the lake (now owned by the Venerable English College in Rome and used as a summer residence and retreat), see also folio 9 (D15311).1
The far left-hand side of the page contains the edge of the landscape from the opposite sheet, see folio 7 verso (D15308).
For a full discussion of Turner’s depictions of Lake Albano see folio 3 verso (D15301) and the general introduction to the sketchbook.

Nicola Moorby
May 2008

1
Compare the photograph of the monastery in Thomas Ashby, The Roman Campagna in Classical Times, 2nd edition, London and New York 1927, fig.29, between pp.192–3; and in Oreste Ferrari, Tea Marintelli, Valerie Scott et al., Thomas Ashby: Un Archeologo Fotografa la Campagna Romana Tra ’800 e’900, Rome 1986, p.166, no.132 fig.1. See also a drawing of a similar view by Charels Joseph Lecointe, see Francesco Petrucci e Susanna Marra, Vedute dei Colli Albani e di Roma dall’album di viaggio di Charles Joseph Lecointe (1824–1886), exhibition catalogue, Palazzo Chigi, Ariccia 2006, no.15, p.33, reproduced.

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Two Sketches: Lake Albano Looking towards Castel Gandolfo; and the Monastery of Palazzola 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 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-two-sketches-lake-albano-looking-towards-castel-gandolfo-and-r1132604, accessed 19 May 2024.