Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Castle of St Angelo

engraved 1832

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 171 x 210 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Bequeathed by Beresford Rimington Heaton 1940
Reference
N05243

Display caption

Engraved by Edward Finden, this design first appeared as the title-vignette to vol.VIII of the 'Life and Works' of Byron. The poet described the Castel Sant'Angelo and St Peter's in the fourth canto of 'Childe Harold'. Turner has assimilated the labours and pleasures of modern Rome into this tribute to architecture and antiquity.

Gallery label, August 2004

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