Joseph Mallord William Turner

Aqua Alexandrina, near the Porta Maggiore, Rome

1819

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 101 x 161 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15238
Turner Bequest CLXXX 75 a

Catalogue entry

Thomas Ashby identified the subject of the landscape sketches on this page as the Aqua Alexandrina, a Roman aqueduct on the eastern side of the city which terminated near the Porta Maggiore (also known as the Porta Prenestina).1 Turner has depicted a line of ruined arches crossing an open plain with mountains visible in the far distance. Jan Piggott has suggested that this drawing provided the basis for the composition of the later watercolour vignette, Campagna of Rome circa 1827 (Tate D27678; Turner Bequest CCLXXX 161).2

Nicola Moorby
December 2009

1
Thomas Ashby, unpublished notes, Turner Bequest Archive, Tate.
2
Piggott 1993, p.82.

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