Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Distant View of the Tomb of the Plautii, near Tivoli

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: 112 × 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15085
Turner Bequest CLXXIX 83

Catalogue entry

This page contains rough, outline landscape sketches which probably depict views of the countryside around Tivoli. The lower study may represent a distant view of the Tomb of the Plautius family (or Tomb of the Plautii), a cylindrical first-century funerary monument of Travertine stone, which stands on the Via Valeria, approximately two miles west of Tivoli. Turner made over twenty variant studies of the tomb and the adjacent Ponte Lucano, see folio 27 verso (D14975).

Nicola Moorby
February 2010

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