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

Joseph Mallord William Turner View of the Roman Forum with the Temple of Castor and Pollux, Rome 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 24 Recto:
View of the Roman Forum with the Temple of Castor and Pollux, Rome 1819
D16199
Turner Bequest CLXXXVIII 23
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 189 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘23’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CLXXXVIII 23’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This page contains a very faint outline sketch of the Temple of Castor and Pollux in the Roman Forum in relation to the surrounding monuments. Turner’s viewpoint is in front of the three columns of the temple looking towards the east end of the Forum. In the background, from left to right are the Church of San Lorenzo in Miranda (which incorporates the Temple of Faustina and Antoninus), the Basilica of Constantine and Maxentius and the bell-tower of Santa Francesca Romana. On the far right is part of the exterior of the Church of Santa Maria Liberatrice, demolished at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Nicola Moorby
September 2008

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘View of the Roman Forum with the Temple of Castor and Pollux, Rome 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2008, 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-view-of-the-roman-forum-with-the-temple-of-castor-and-pollux-r1139710, accessed 21 December 2014.