Lake Nemi and the Town of Genzano

Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1794

WAG 8142

About this object

Turner was employed by the physician Thomas Monro (1759 - 1833) to make copies of watercolours in his collection between 1794 and 1796. Monro was a keen supporter of the arts and engaged several young artists in this way. It helped them develop their drawing and watercolour skills.

This view of Lake Nemi in Italy is not a direct copy. It was probably based on several similar works by John Robert Cozens (1752 - 1797) in Monro’s collection. Turner had not yet travelled abroad at the time.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Joseph Mallord William Turner (British: English, born:probably 23 April 1775, died:19 December 1851)
  • Date
    1794
  • Materials
    Watercolour; Paper
  • Measurements
    paper: 23.5 cm x 35.7 cm
  • Physical description
    Turner's view looks across Lake Nemi towards the town of Genzano on top of the hill in the distance. Trees frame the left hand edge of the picture. The still water of the lake occupies the lower part of the scene, with figures in a small boat on the water. The hillside beyond the lake, upon which the town stands, is heavily wooded.
  • Related people
    Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire (Previous owner); Elhanan Bicknell (Previous owner); Fine Art Society (Previous owner); Joseph Mallord William Turner (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 8142
  • Credit line
    Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery by C F J Beausire in 1972
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

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Publications

  • English Watercolours in the Collection of C F J Beausire

    Edward Morris

    Author: Edward Morris
    Publisher: Walker Art Gallery, Printed by Elliot Bros. & Yeoman Ltd.
    Date: 1970
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Ownership

Previous owners

  • Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1972
    Disposal method: Presented to the Walker Art Gallery
  • Fine Art Society

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Elhanan Bicknell

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1863-05-29
    Disposal method: Sold at Christie's on 29 May 1863, Lot 39
Object view = Fine Art
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