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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Two Views of the Avigliana Lakes 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 11 Verso:
Two Views of the Avigliana Lakes 1819
Turner Bequest CLXXIV 10 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 111 x 186 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The town of Avigliana in the Val di Susa, approximately thirteen miles west of Turin, is noted for its picturesque setting beside two crater lakes, the Lago Grande (Great Lake) and Lago Piccolo (Small Lake). This page contains two panoramic sketches of one, or both of the lakes, and the hills and mountains surrounding them. A similar view can be found on folio 11 (D14164; Turner Bequest CLXXIV 10). The Avigliana lakes gave Turner a foretaste of the type of landscape scenery to be found in the Alban hills to the south of Rome, at Lakes Albano and Nemi, which he would explore in greater detail at a later point in his Italian travels (see the Albano, Nemi, Rome sketchbook, Tate, Turner Bequest CLXXXII).

Nicola Moorby
December 2012

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Two Views of the Avigliana Lakes 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, December 2012, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, August 2013, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-two-views-of-the-avigliana-lakes-r1142688, accessed 19 May 2024.