Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas Girtin

Rome: A Road beside a High Wall, with the Buildings of the Vatican Rising Beyond

c.1796

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Artists
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Thomas Girtin 1775–1802
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 220 x 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D36570
Turner Bequest CCCLXXVI 11

Catalogue entry

Provenance:
Probably commissioned by Dr Thomas Monro
Monro’s posthumous sale, Christie’s, London, 26–28 June and 1–2 July 1833 (day and lot number not known)
Bought by or on behalf of Turner
The pencil work is by Girtin. This was presumably copied from a sketch by John Robert Cozens (1752–1797). As C.F. Bell noted, the buildings shown are the Belvedere and the tower containing Bramante’s staircase, seen from below.
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by Thomas Girtin in pencil ‘Vatican’; in a later hand ‘No 6’; and in another hand ‘CONVENT (COLOR)’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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