Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketches in Rome: a Palm Tree; Arches; and the Capitoline Hill

1819

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15378
Turner Bequest CLXXXII 44

Catalogue entry

This page contains three separate drawn elements. Firstly the leaf details along the edge nearest the spine of the sketchbook which represent the top of the sketch of the palm tree on the opposite page, see folio 43 verso (D15377). Secondly, in the centre there is a very faint inverted outline of a series of arches, possibly a bridge or an aqueduct. Finally, the sketch of buildings in the top right-hand corner is a continuation of the panorama on a previous page. Turner has pulled the sheet up, see folio 43 (D15376), and extended the view of the River Tiber and the Ponte Rotto onto the underlying page, allowing him to include the Capitoline Hill and the tower of the Palazzo Senatorio.

Nicola Moorby
May 2008

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