Joseph Mallord William Turner

Four Landscape Sketches on the Road from Rome to Florence; including the Pass of the Somma


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 189 × 113 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXCI 25

Catalogue entry

Turner left Rome sometime in mid to late December and travelled on to Florence. This page contains four sketches which were probably drawn en route from a moving vehicle, retracing part of the road which Turner had taken in September on his journey south towards Rome from Ancona. Despite the rough nature of the drawings, annotations by the artist suggest that they depict views of the Pass of the Somma, the approach through the mountains towards Spoleto, and Le Vene, near the Temple of Clitumnus. Sketches related to these sites dating from the outward journey to Rome can be found in the Ancona to Rome sketchbook (see Tate D14722–D14737; Turner Bequest CLXXVII 36–43a).

Nicola Moorby
February 2009

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