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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner View from Fiesole, with Florence in the Distance 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 75 Recto:
View from Fiesole, with Florence in the Distance 1819
D16610
Turner Bequest CXCI 75
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
Inscribed by ?John Ruskin in red ink ‘75’ top left, inverted [very faint]
Stamped in black ‘CXCI 75’ top left, inverted
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner’s viewpoint for this sketch of Florence from Fiesole appears to be the convent of San Francesco to the west of the town. The composition continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread with the distant silhouette of the Duomo and the rest of the city, see folio 74 verso (D16609). Visible on this side however is Fiesole itself, with the campanile of the cathedral.
For a fuller description and further studies from Fiesole see folio 30 verso (D16542).

Nicola Moorby
February 2011

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘View from Fiesole, with Florence in the Distance 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 2011, 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-view-from-fiesole-with-florence-in-the-distance-r1138503, accessed 22 January 2022.