Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas Girtin

Rome: St Peter’s Seen from the Pincian Hill

c.1794–8

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artists
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Thomas Girtin 1775–1802
Medium
Ink wash and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
None
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D36442
Turner Bequest CCCLXXIII 29

Catalogue entry

Bell and Girtin relate this drawing to a watercolour by John Robert Cozens (1752–1797) formerly in the Collection of Charles Gore, with the title View from Prince Doria’s Palace, nine Miles from Genoa.1 They give the source sketch as Beaumont tracing (after Cozens) no.86 (Yale Center for British Art, New Haven), and cite this ‘Monro School’ copy as ‘differing more than is usual from the tracing’.2 The differences seem to be so great as to involve completely different subject matter. It is possible that the view is from the Janiculum rather than from the Pincian Hill, but it does not appear to show a palace near Genoa.
1
Bell and Girtin 1935, p.36 no.62.
2
Ibid., under no.62.
Verso:
Blank (laid down).

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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