Joseph Mallord William TurnerFour Sketches in the Roman Campagna; Including the ?Acqudotto Felice and the ?Junction of the Via Appia Pignatelli and Via Appia Nuova 1819

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Four Sketches in the Roman Campagna; Including the ?Acqudotto Felice and the ?Junction of the Via Appia Pignatelli and Via Appia Nuova
From Albano, Nemi, Rome Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLXXXII
Date 1819
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 189 x 113 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15410
Turner Bequest CLXXXII 59 a
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 60 Verso:
Four Sketches in the Roman Campagna; Including the ?Acqudotto Felice and the ?Junction of the Via Appia Pignatelli and Via Appia Nuova 1819
D15410
Turner Bequest CLXXXII 59 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 189 x 113 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘T[ri] on the [...]’ bottom right of second sketch from top
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The rough and jagged lines of these landscape sketches suggest that they might have been drawn from a moving vehicle. Turner often drew swift impressions of the horizon in this way as he travelled from place to place. The individual subjects have not been conclusively identified although the sketch at the top may represent the medieval tower of the Acquedotto Felice and the second drawing from the top may depict the coat of arms commemorating the opening of the Via Appia Pignatelli, and the junction with the Via Appia Nuova. The remaining studies probably represent parts of the Aqua Claudia, the aqueduct built by the Emperors Caligula and Claudius, with views of the Roman Campagna and distant mountains.

Nicola Moorby
May 2008

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