Joseph Mallord William Turner

View of St Peter’s and the Vatican, Rome from the South, with the Janiculum Hill


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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 76

Catalogue entry

The subject of this sketch is a view looking north towards St Peter’s and the Vatican with the Janiculum Hill on the west (right-hand side). Visible in the distance is the heights of Monte Mario crowned by trees and the Villa Mellini. Turner’s location is not conclusively identified although it appears to have been a point on the Via delle Fornaci. The composition continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 76 verso (D15442; Turner Bequest CLXXXII 75a). For further sketches from the Janiculum see folio 39 verso-40 (D15369–D15370).
A separate sketch along the top of the page appears to show part of the skyline of the city with distant mountains beyond.

Nicola Moorby
May 2008

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