Joseph Mallord William Turner

Four Sketches of the Porta San Lorenzo, Rome

1819

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 189 × 114 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16317
Turner Bequest CLXXXVIII 87

Catalogue entry

This page contains four studies of the Porta San Lorenzo, also known as the Porta Tiburtina, which stands on the eastern side of the city near present-day Termini railway station and the Church of San Lorenzo fuori le mura, see folio 87 verso (D16316; Turner Bequest CLXXXVIII 86a). The sketch at the top of the page in portrait format shows the approach towards the gate and the Aurelian walls from the outer (eastern) side, whilst the other three sketches records the inner (western) side.1 For other sketches see the Albano, Nemi, Rome sketchbook (Tate D15416; Turner Bequest CLXXXII 62a)

Nicola Moorby
January 2009

1
Compare Ettore Roesler Franz (1845–1907), Porta San Lorenzo, watercolour, 1884, from the series Roma Sparita (Museo di Roma), http://fr.museodiromaintrastevere.it, accessed January 2009.

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