Joseph Mallord William Turner

Five Landscape Sketches, probably in the Roman Campagna

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: 189 x 113 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15408
Turner Bequest CLXXXII 58 a

Catalogue entry

The rough and jagged lines of these five landscape sketches suggest that they might have been drawn from a moving vehicle. Turner often drew swift impressions of the horizon in this way as he travelled from place to place. The locations here, including sketches depicting a medieval tower, are currently unidentified although they probably represent views of the Roman Campagna with mountains in the distance.

Nicola Moorby
May 2008

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