Joseph Mallord William Turner

View Looking South-West from the Palatine, Rome, with the Ruins of the Palace of Septimius Severus

1819

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15446
Turner Bequest CLXXXII 78

Catalogue entry

The viewpoint for this inverted sketch is similar to that of another view looking south-west from the substructures of the ruined Palace of Septimius Severus on the Palatine Hill, see folio 75 verso (D15440; Turner Bequest CLXXXII 74a). In the distance on the right-hand side can be seen the Porta San Paolo, whilst on the left is the Convent of Santa Balbina on the Aventine Hill.
The composition replicates that of a drawing by James Hakewill, Rome, Ruins of the Palace of the Caesars on the Palatine Hill, later published in a series called Eight Views of Rome, 1823.1

Nicola Moorby
May 2008

1
Tony Cubberley and Luke Herrmann, Twilight of the Grand Tour: A Catalogue of the drawings by James Hakewill in the British School at Rome Library, Rome 1992, no.3.10, p.188 reproduced.

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