Joseph Mallord William Turner

Gate of the Villa Borghese, Rome, on Via Pinciana

1819

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16230
Turner Bequest CLXXXVIII 42

Catalogue entry

The subject of this sketch is the Portale Villa Burghesia, a seventeenth-century gate on the Via Pinciana, which was formerly the official entrance to the Villa Borghese.1 Built by Flaminio Ponzio in 1609, the structure was moved during the early twentieth century to accommodate the widening of the Via Pinciana. On the left of the sketch is a section of the Aurelian walls which leads east towards the Porta Pinciana, see folio 42 verso (D16229; Turner Bequest CLXXXVIII 41a).

Nicola Moorby
January 2009

1
See photograph prior to the demolition of the old city walls in Beata Di Gaddo, Villa Borghese: Il Giardino e le Architetture, Rome 1985, no.31, p.37.

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