Joseph Mallord William TurnerView of the Aurelian Walls, Rome, with the Temple of Minerva Medica and the Porta San Lorenzo 1819

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Artist
Title
View of the Aurelian Walls, Rome, with the Temple of Minerva Medica and the Porta San Lorenzo
From Small Roman Colour Studies Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CXC
Date 1819
MediumGraphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensionssupport: 130 x 255 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16438
Turner Bequest CXC 29
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 66 Recto:
View of the Aurelian Walls, Rome, with the Temple of Minerva Medica and the Porta San Lorenzo 1819
D16438
Turner Bequest CXC 29
Pencil and grey watercolour wash on white wove paper, 130 x 255 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘[?T...] bottom left
Inscribed by ?John Ruskin in red ink ‘29’ top right and by an unknown hand in pencil ‘29’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CXC 29’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This sketch depicts a view of the Aurelian Walls in Rome. Turner’s location is not, as Finberg suggested near the Protestant Cemetery, but north-east of the centre of the city, near the Church of San Lorenzo fuori le mura. Visible beyond the line of the walls are various landmarks including (from left to right): the Claudian Aqueduct; the bell-tower of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme; the roof of the circular Temple of Minerva Medica; and on the far right, the Porta San Lorenzo (also known as the Porta Tiburtina). Like many drawings within this sketchbook, the pencil work has been executed over a washed grey background.
Related compositions can be found on folios 64 verso–65 (Tate D16436–D16437; Turner Bequest CXC 27a–8) and in the Albano, Nemi, Rome sketchbook (see Tate D15432–D15434; Turner Bequest CLXXXII 70a–71a). There is also a coloured version of the subject in the Rome C. Studies sketchbook (Tate D16363; Turner Bequest CLXXXIX 36).
Verso;
Blank except for traces of grey watercolour

Nicola Moorby
June 2009

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