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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner View of Castel Gandolfo at Sunset 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 17 Recto:
View of Castel Gandolfo at Sunset 1819
Turner Bequest CLXXXII 17
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
Inscribed by the ?artist in pencil ‘17’ top left and by the artist ‘Novr [?9] 1819 Novr’ along top left
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘17’ top right and ‘301’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CLXXXII 17’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner circled Lake Albano on foot and made several drawings from various points. The landmark he depicted most frequently was Castel Gandolfo, particularly the dome of the Church of St Tommaso di Villanova and the Pope’s villa, seen on the heights above Lake Albano. His viewpoint in this sketch was the northern end of the lake below Marino and he has depicted the rays of the sun setting in the west to the right of the town.
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

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘View of Castel Gandolfo at Sunset 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-castel-gandolfo-at-sunset-r1132620, accessed 24 January 2022.