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Finberg thought that the castellated structures here and on folio 32 verso opposite (D35815; Turner Bequest CCCLXIII 31a) were parts of a ‘ruined abbey’,1 but the presence on this page of an overall chiaroscuro study for Turner’s large classical painting Caligula’s Palace and Bridge, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1831 (Tate N00512),2 suggests that the artist was drawing on his knowledge of Roman remains from his extended tours of Italy in 1819 and 1828 to concoct structures to include in the complex, somewhat fanciful architectural array of the finished design.
See also folios 6 verso and 7 recto (D35768–D35769); the latter features an elaborate study of ruins used as the centrepiece of the painting.
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