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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner View of Albano, and a Woman Carrying a Pot 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 2 Verso:
View of Albano, and a Woman Carrying a Pot 1819
Turner Bequest CLXXXII 2 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘Black and Yllo’ to right of figure, ‘Blue’ on skirt and ‘Red’ to left of head
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is a view of Albano from the Via Appia (Appian Way), the road which links Rome to south-east Italy.1 The town, approximately fifteen miles south of the capital, is recognisable from the tall tomb marked with regular squares on the far right, sometimes called the Tomb of Pompey or Ascanius. For a full discussion see folio 2 (D15298). Also visible on the left is the bell-tower of the Cathedral of San Pancrazio.
On the left-hand side of the page Turner has drawn a woman in local dress carrying a large pot on her head.

Nicola Moorby
May 2008

A similar view can be seen in a drawing 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.17, p.53, reproduced.

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘View of Albano, and a Woman Carrying a Pot 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-view-of-albano-and-a-woman-carrying-a-pot-r1132594, accessed 25 May 2024.