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This page contains a view of the north-west end of the Forum, probably drawn from a point near the Temple of Castor and Pollux. In the background is the Capitol with the back of the Palazzo Senatorio and in the foreground are the ancient monuments of the Forum, from left to right, the Temple of Saturn, the Temple of Vespasian, the Column of Phocas and the partially excavated Arch of Septimius Severus. The composition of the drawing is similar to another sketch in the Albano Nemi Rome sketchbook, (see Tate D15355; Turner Bequest CLXXXII 32). See this entry for a general discussion of the buildings and Turner’s sketches of the Forum.
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, no.233; Powell 1984, p.255.