Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Views in Genzano, Including the Fountain of San Sebastiano and the Church of Santissima Trinità


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 113 x 189 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXXII 87 a

Catalogue entry

Cecilia Powell has identified the main inverted sketch on this page as the fountain and the crossroads at Genzano.1 Now located in the present-day Plaza IV Novembre, the fountain of San Sebastiano was moved in 1836 from the crossroads between the roads to Rome and Naples. Designed by Virginio Bracci, the son of Pietro Bracci who designed the Trevi Fountain in Rome, the fountain has three gargoyle heads from where the water spouts and is surmounted by a column decorated with bunches of grapes. The original triangular base which Turner would have seen, however, is now hexagonal and decorated with heraldic papal shields.
In one corner of the page Turner has also drawn a separate sketch of the collegiate Church of Santissima Trinità. On the far right is a sketch of a man wearing a hat, which belongs to the scene on the opposite sheet, see folio 89 (D15465; Turner Bequest CLXXXII 88).

Nicola Moorby
May 2008

Powell 1984, p.423.

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