Joseph Mallord William Turner

Nepi, ?the Porta Romana and the Rocca dei Borgia

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: 110 × 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14812
Turner Bequest CLXXVII 81 a

Catalogue entry

After Civita Castellana, Turner’s left the Via Flaminia and travelled south-west to Nepi, a town approximately twenty-three miles north of Rome. His route entered Nepi from the north near the eighteenth-century aqueduct and followed the road in a clockwise direction through the town, round the Palazzo Comunale towards the southern side (present-day Via Termolarte) and the Porta Romana. The subject of this rough pencil sketch has not been conclusively identified although it possibly records the western approach to the Porta Romana and the fifteenth-century castle, the Rocca dei Borgia at Nepi. The drawing continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 82 (D14813).

Nicola Moorby
November 2008

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