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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas Girtin Rome: The Ruined Nymphaeum of Alexander Severus ('Temple of Minerva Medica') c.1796

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Thomas Girtin 1775–1802
Rome: The Ruined Nymphaeum of Alexander Severus (‘Temple of Minerva Medica’) c.1796
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Turner Bequest CCCLXXVI 6
Pencil and watercolour on white wove paper, 217 x 234 mm
Watermark ‘J WHATMAN’
Stamped in black ‘CCCLXXVI – 6’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Provenance:
Probably commissioned by Dr Thomas Monro
Monro’s posthumous sale, Christie’s, London, 26–28 June and 1–2 July 1833 (day and lot number not known)
Bought by or on behalf of Turner
The pencil work is by Girtin. This was presumably copied from a sketch by John Robert Cozens (1752–1797).
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by Thomas Girtin in pencil ‘Minerva Medica’; not stamped.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Rome: The Ruined Nymphaeum of Alexander Severus (‘Temple of Minerva Medica’) c.1796 by Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas Girtin’, catalogue entry, April 2012, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-thomas-girtin-rome-the-ruined-nymphaeum-of-alexander-severus-r1141298, accessed 28 August 2015.