Joseph Mallord William Turner
The Roman Campagna from Monte Parioli, with the River Tiber and the Torre Lazzaroni 1819

Artwork details

The Roman Campagna from Monte Parioli, with the River Tiber and the Torre Lazzaroni
From Naples: Rome. C. Studies Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLXXXVII
Date 1819
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 255 x 403 mm
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Turner Bequest CLXXXVII 48
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Catalogue entry

A large number of studies from the Naples: Rome C. Studies sketchbook represent variant views of the Roman Campagna, the area of countryside encircling the outskirts of the Eternal City (Tate D16122–D16139; Turner Bequest CLXXXVII 34–51). This sketch depicts the view looking north across the Campagna from Monte Parioli, the hill to the west of the Fontana dell’Acqua Acetosa, now the location of the Villa Glori park. The building on the right is currently unidentified although it looks like a small villa. The River Tiber stretches across the centre of the composition in the middle distance, and on the far bank is the Torre Lazzaroni, a medieval tower erected over the remains of a Roman tomb, which lies half a mile upstream from Ponte Molle.1 There is a second tower visible in the distance which is possibly the Tor di Quinto. A further sketch can be found on folio 49 (D16137). The composition is also repeated with more detail in the Small Roman C. Studies sketchbook (Tate D16442; Turner Bequest CXC 32).
See Raymond Keaveney, Views of Rome from the Thomas Ashby Collection in the Vatican Library, exhibition catalogue, Smithsonian Institution, Washington 1988, p.232.
Blank, save for being stamped in black ‘CLXXXVII 48’ and Turner Bequest monogram bottom left

Nicola Moorby
April 2009

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