Attributed to Joseph Mallord William TurnerTivoli and the Roman Campagna (after Wilson) c.1798

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Attributed to Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775‑1851)
Tivoli and the Roman Campagna (after Wilson)
Date c.1798
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 724 x 965 mm frame: 806 x 1035 x 49 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

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Turner was a great admirer of Richard Wilson: the first British painter to combine a close attention to nature with lessons learnt from the seventeenth-century masters, Claude Lorrain, Nicolas Poussin, and Gaspard Dughet. This painting is based on a picture by Wilson that exists in a number of versions. Turner’s work omits some features that appear in the Wilson, making Turner’s copy more of a direct representation of the view, though he does retain the large rocks that seem to have been introduced into the foreground by Wilson.

April 2007

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