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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner View of the Papal Palace at Castel Gandolfo 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 2 Recto:
View of the Papal Palace at Castel Gandolfo 1819
D15557
Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 2
Pencil on white wove paper, 122 x 197 mm
Inscribed by ?John Ruskin in blue ink ‘281’ bottom right and ‘2’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CLXXXIV 2’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner’s expedition from Rome to Naples took him directly past the volcanic lakes of Albano and Nemi, in the countryside immediately south-east of the capital. This sketch depicts the Papal Palace at Castel Gandolfo, built on the rim of the crater above the shores of Lake Albano. Turner’s viewpoint is from the west looking towards the walls. An alternative prospect can be found on folio 3 (D15559), whilst similar vistas can also be seen in the Albano, Nemi, Rome sketchbook (Tate D15324 and D15326; Turner Bequest CLXXXII 16a and 17a).

Nicola Moorby
April 2010

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘View of the Papal Palace at Castel Gandolfo 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 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-view-of-the-papal-palace-at-castel-gandolfo-r1138019, accessed 18 May 2024.