JMW Turner | Fano on the Adriatic

JOSEPH MALLORD WILLIAM TURNER
British, 1775–1851

Fano on the Adriatic

Watercolor on paper
6½ x 9¼ inches (16.5 x 23.5 cm)
Framed: 15 x 17 inches (38 x 43 cm)
 
Executed circa 1796, this watercolor is one of several Turner made at the direction of Dr. Thomas Monro that loosely copied views of Italy by John Robert Cozens from the previous decade. Cozens' finished watercolor Fano on the Adriatic was most recently sold at Sotheby's, London on December 8th, 2005. A preliminary sketch of the subject, in pencil and wash, is in the collection of the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. The view is a stretch of the Adriatic coast in the The Marche, with the town of Fano in the distance.
 
Provenance
Leonard G. Duke (L.G.D., collector's initials, inscribed on the reverse)
George Dix Paintings & Drawings, New York
Private Collection, Washington, DC, acquired from the above c. 1965
Private Collection, Washington, DC, son of the above
 
Literature
cf. C.F. Bell and Thomas Girtin, "The Drawings and Sketches of John Robert Cozens," The Walpole Society, 1934-35, vol. XXIII, p. 54, no. 222, for illustration of Cozens' preliminary sketch for Fano on the Adriatic

JOHN ROBERT COZENS, Fano on the Adriatic (1782)

JOHN ROBERT COZENS, Fano on the Adriatic (1782)