Joseph Mallord William Turner

Notes by Turner from Eustace’s ‘A Classical Tour Through Italy’

c.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: 155 × 99 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13945
Turner Bequest CLXXII 8

Catalogue entry

This page is one of several sides of extensive notes made by Turner from A Classical Tour Through Italy by Revd John Chetwode Eustace. The source was first identified by Cecilia Powell, who also transcribed Turner’s notes in full in the Appendix of her 1984 PhD thesis, ‘Turner on Classic Ground: His Visits to Central and Southern Italy and Related Paintings and Drawings’.1 The inscription is repeated here with only minor variations from her text:
Tombs | Marcellus di Corvi Capitoline hill Agustus | and Hadrian. Caius Cestus | Moles Hadriani | Castel St Angelo | Palaces | Quirinal . – (Monte Cavallo Vatican Barberini | Odescalchi and Farnesi. Medici Doria Claudes | Ruspoli Staircase pictures Orsini. in the theatre of | Marcellus. Guistiniani on Nero’s Baths Alteri | Pictures. Ciciaporci. Julio Romano’s Architecture | Corsini on the Janiculum view of Rome – | Farnesiana Stada Lungarno pictures by Raffaelo | Farnese Mic Angleo design. Dominico and Annibal | Carraci – Costaguti, Albano Domenichino | Guercino. Pal Mattei. Borghese – Spada | Pompey’s Statue Barberini Colonna | giallo antico | yellow marble | Pontifical Palaces. | The Lateran. Quirinal. Vatican 1200 1000 broad | Bramante Raffaelo Fontano Maderno and Bernini. | Scala Regia from the Statue of Constantine Vasari | Vasari. entrance of Gregory II into Roman battle | of Lepanto massacre of St Bartholomew Cappella | Paolina Cappella Sistina Michael Angelo | Sala Ducale to Loggi di Raffaelo the 3 sides of the court | of St Damasus Camere Raffaelo Sala Constantino | St Heliodorus Atila and Leo. Miracle of Bolsena | Peter from Prison Camera the 3 School of Athens | debate of the Sacraments Judgments of Solomon
These notes relate to various passages from volume II of Eustace’s text and condense parts of the author’s account of Rome and its environs.2 Many of the sights listed here form subjects in Turner’s various Roman sketchboks, such as the Castel St Angelo and the palaces of Rome, the frescoes by Annibale Carracci in the Palazzo Farnese, and the Loggia of Raphael in the Vatican. Others such as the description of Raphael’s frescoes in the Stanze of the Vatican record points of interest to an artist, even though they are not visually represented amongst Turner’s sketches.

Nicola Moorby
July 2008

1
Powell 1984, pp.386–7.
2
John Chetwode Eustace, A Classical Tour Through Italy, London 1815, 3rd edition, vol.II, pp.14–52.

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