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

Joseph Mallord William Turner View of the Casino di Raffaello, near the Gardens of the Villa Borghese, Rome 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 47 Verso:
View of the Casino di Raffaello, near the Gardens of the Villa Borghese, Rome 1819
D16239
Turner Bequest CLXXXVIII 46 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 189 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘Raff’ and ‘W’ bottom left of sketch
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
A sketch of the Casino di Raffaello near the gardens of the Villa Borghese, see folio 44 verso (D16233; Turner Bequest CLXXXVIII 43a). In the bottom left-hand corner Turner has inscribed the word ‘Raff’ to indicate his interest in the site’s connection with Raphael (see also folio 46a, D16137; Turner Bequest CLXXXVIII 45a). The viewpoint appears to depict the western façade of the building from the north-west, with part of the Muro Torto, the walls between Porta Pinciana and Porta del Popolo, just visible in the background on the right. Similar compositions can be found on folio 46 (D16236; Turner Bequest CLXXXVIII 45) and in the Rome: C. Studies sketchbook (Tate D16344; Turner Bequest CLXXXIX 18).

Nicola Moorby
October 2008

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘View of the Casino di Raffaello, near the Gardens of the Villa Borghese, Rome 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, October 2008, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, December 2012, http://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-view-of-the-casino-di-raffaello-near-the-gardens-of-the-r1139751, accessed 20 April 2014.