Joseph Mallord William Turner

Baths of Caracalla, Rome

1819

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15367
Turner Bequest CLXXXII 38 a

Catalogue entry

This sketch depicts part of the ruins of the ‘Terme di Caracalla’ (Baths of Caracalla), an extensive complex of public baths near the Circus Maximus, which were built by the Emperor Caracalla in AD 217. Turner does not seem to have been as engaged by the remains as other monuments in the city and they appear in relatively few sketches. He did however make one coloured view of the vista looking across from the Palatine Hill with mountains in the far distance, see the Roman C. Studies sketchbook (Tate D16334; Turner Bequest CLXXXIX 8).

Nicola Moorby
May 2008

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