Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas Girtin

Rome: View from the Palatine Hill, with the Palace of Augustus in the Foreground

c.1796–7

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Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 234 x 554 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D36554
Turner Bequest CCCLXXV 33

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 or watercolour by John Robert Cozens (1752–1797).
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by Thomas Girtin in pencil ‘Ruins of Augustus Palace on the | Palatine Hill’, ‘mountains near Tivoli’, ‘[?M M Scinthio]’, ‘Walls of Rome’, ‘Baths of Titus’, ‘Coliseo | light thro’, ‘a convent’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.
The inscriptions correspond with the subjects shown in the drawing, behind which they are written. Compare 19.33 (D36536; TB CCCLXXV 15).

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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