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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Various Sketches including a Figure Ploughing and a View of ?Cattolica 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 21 Verso:
Various Sketches including a Figure Ploughing and a View of ?Cattolica 1819
D13898
Turner Bequest CLXXI 21 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 88 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘[?A...ette] [?Vor....] | the [?Hand...] [...] the Plough’ beneath top sketch and ‘Catolica’ beneath second sketch from top. Also ‘Wilson’ parallel with left-hand edge
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This page contains a number of swift on-the-spot pencil studies including a man and an ox harnessed to a plough. The rough, shaky lines suggest that the artist may have been drawing from a moving carriage. The inscription beneath the second sketch from the top indicates that the view of tower and walls may represent Cattolica, a town on the Adriatic Coast which Turner would have passed through en route between Rimini and Ancona.

Nicola Moorby
March 2010

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Various Sketches including a Figure Ploughing and a View of ?Cattolica 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 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-various-sketches-including-a-figure-ploughing-and-a-view-of-r1138716, accessed 16 January 2022.