Joseph Mallord William Turner

View of San Francesco di Paolo, Rome, with the Colosseum Beyond

1819

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 130 x 255 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16404
Turner Bequest CXC 8

Catalogue entry

The subject of this sketch is the eighteenth-century Church of San Francesco di Paola ai Monti, seen from the north with the northern façade of the Colosseum directly beyond. Visible on the left is part of the basilica of San Pietro in Vincoli. Like many drawings within this sketchbook, the composition has been sketched over a washed grey background and Turner has created highlights by rubbing and scratching through to reveal the white paper beneath.
Verso:
Blank except for traces of grey, blue and yellow watercolour

Nicola Moorby
May 2009

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