Joseph Mallord William Turner

View of the Great Cascade near Ponte San Rocco, Tivoli

1819

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 186 x 112 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14937
Turner Bequest CLXXIX 3

Catalogue entry

This sketch of Tivoli depicts the view looking south from beneath the so-called Temple of Vesta towards the ‘Grand Cascade’ of the River Aniene. It records the same buildings across the top of the composition as that of the study on the previous page, see folio 2 verso (D14936), although the nearby wooden bridge of San Rocco is absent. Turner has represented the waterfall cascading down the steep drop of the ravine. A more detailed representation can be found in the Tivoli sketchbook (Tate D15494; Turner Bequest CLXXXIII 27).

Nicola Moorby
December 2009

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