Joseph Mallord William Turner

Gate at ?Civita Castellana or Nepi

1819

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 110 x 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14806
Turner Bequest CLXXVII 78 a

Catalogue entry

This sketch shows an arched gate with a castle on the right and a bridge on the left. The subject has not been conclusively identified although it may represent the same view found in the top right-hand corner of folio 76 verso (D14802), which depicts part of the walls of Civita Castellana with the Forte Sangallo. Alternatively, it may be a rough drawing of the Porta Romana at Nepi, a town approximately four miles south-west of Civita Castellana, with the fifteenth-century castle, the Rocca dei Borgia on the right and the eighteenth-century aqueduct on the left.

Nicola Moorby
November 2008

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