Joseph Mallord William Turner

Four Landscape Views near Tivoli, including the Tomb of the Plautii and Ponte Lucano

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: 186 × 112 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15101
Turner Bequest CLXXIX 91

Catalogue entry

This page contains four landscape views, possible made during the return trip to Rome from Tivoli. Identifiable within the bottom two vistas is 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). The large number of sketches indicates that he was afforded enough time to fully explore the site from a number of different angles on foot. However, the rough nature of these particular drawings indicates that they may have been executed from a moving carriage.

Nicola Moorby
January 2010

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