Joseph Mallord William TurnerView of Rome from the Janiculum, with the River Tiber 1819

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Artist
Title
View of Rome from the Janiculum, with the River Tiber
From Albano, Nemi, Rome Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLXXXII
Date 1819
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 113 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15445
Turner Bequest CLXXXII 77
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 78 Recto:
View of Rome from the Janiculum, with the River Tiber 1819
D15445
Turner Bequest CLXXXII 77
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘77’ top right and ‘301’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CLXXXII 77’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Like many eighteenth- and nineteenth-century visitors to Rome, part of Turner’s exploration of the city included the panoramic views seen from certain elevated vantage points. One of the most famous of these was the Janiculum Hill (or Gianicolo), a ridge of high ground to the west of the River Tiber which offered sweeping vistas across the historical centre of the capital. The details of this prospect are very rough but the recognisable line of the river and the sloping hill on the right suggests that his viewpoint here was the Janiculum looking south. The composition continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 77 verso (D15444; Turner Bequest CLXXXII 76a).
For further sketches from the Janiculum see folio 39 verso-40 (D15369–D15370).
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Nicola Moorby
May 2008

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