Joseph Mallord William Turner

Group of Figures at a Fountain, ?Rome

c.1819

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Dimensions
Support: 94 x 115 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16865
Turner Bequest CXCIII 93 a

Catalogue entry

This sketch depicts a group of figures gathered around a structure which may be a fountain, possibly in Rome. Finberg tentatively identified it as the Fontana dell’Acqua Acetosa, a seventeenth-century fountain near the banks of the Tiber to the north-east of the city. However, the Acqua Acetosa appears in other sketches by Turner from 1819 and these pictorial records reveal that it was not topped by a cross like this fountain, see for example St Peter’s sketchbook (Tate D16225; Turner Bequest CLXXXVIII 39a).

Nicola Moorby
March 2011

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