J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

Joseph Mallord William Turner Distant View of a Villa, Rome 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 56 Verso:
Distant View of a Villa, Rome 1819
D16479
Turner Bequest CXC 62 v
Pencil on white wove paper, 130 x 255 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘12 | 6 | 72 [?Leaves]’ centre of page and ‘into 8.’and ‘64’ top right
Inscribed by ?John Ruskin in red ink ‘779’ top right, inverted and by an unknown hand in pencil ‘?61’ top left, inverted
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The subject of the sketch on this page is currently unidentified although it appears to depict a villa in Rome seen from a distance. The architectural feature in the background on the right might represent the Church of Trinità dei Monti above the Spanish Steps.

Nicola Moorby
June 2009

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Distant View of a Villa, Rome 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2009, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-distant-view-of-a-villa-rome-r1132569, accessed 30 August 2014.