Joseph Mallord William Turner

Four Sketches of Buildings in a Landscape, and one of Distant Mountains ?near Rome

1819

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 189 × 113 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15409
Turner Bequest CLXXXII 59

Catalogue entry

As Cecilia Powell suggests, the rough and jagged lines of these five sketches suggest that they might have been drawn from a moving vehicle.1 Turner often drew swift impressions of the horizon in this way as he travelled from place to place. The locations here remain unidentified although they may represent views along the Aurelian Walls in Rome. There is also an inverted sketch at the bottom of the page which depicts a line of distant mountains.

Nicola Moorby
May 2008

1
Powell 1984, p.472 note 11.

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