Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Interior of Villa Borghese, Rome

1819

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16518
Turner Bequest CXCI 18

Catalogue entry

Finberg tentatively suggested that this study of an interior may represent St Peter’s in Rome.1 The identity of the subject remains uncertain, although it may depict the entrance and portico of Villa Borghese (present-day Galleria or Museo Borghese). Turner visited the seventeenth-century palace in order to view the masterpieces of the Borghese collection. He made studies and notes of many of the paintings in the Remarks (Italy) sketchbook (Tate; Turner Bequest CXCIII), and a drawing made from one of the upper storeys can also be found on folio 20 (D16522).

Nicola Moorby
November 2010

1
Finberg 1909, p.568.

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