Joseph Mallord William Turner?Distant View of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome 1819

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Artist
Title
?Distant View of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome
From Small Roman Colour Studies Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CXC
Date 1819
MediumGraphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensionssupport: 130 x 255 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D40584
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 44 Verso:
?Distant View of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome 1819
D40584
Turner Bequest
Pencil and traces of grey watercolour on white wove paper, 130 x 255 mm
Inscribed by ?John Ruskin in red ink ‘780’ top right, inverted and in unknown hands in pencil ‘780’ top centre left, inverted and ‘CXC’ top right, inverted, and ‘11’ bottom left
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This page is blank except for a small sketch on the far right-hand side near the gutter of the sketchbook which appears to depict a distant view of Santa Maria Maggiore on the Esquiline Hill. The church is characterised by twin domes and a pointed bell-tower.

Nicola Moorby
June 2009

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