Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketches in Rome: a Palm Tree; Arches; and the Capitoline Hill


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 113 × 189 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXXII 44

Catalogue entry

This page contains three separate drawn elements. Firstly the leaf details along the edge nearest the spine of the sketchbook which represent the top of the sketch of the palm tree on the opposite page, see folio 43 verso (D15377). Secondly, in the centre there is a very faint inverted outline of a series of arches, possibly a bridge or an aqueduct. Finally, the sketch of buildings in the top right-hand corner is a continuation of the panorama on a previous page. Turner has pulled the sheet up, see folio 43 (D15376), and extended the view of the River Tiber and the Ponte Rotto onto the underlying page, allowing him to include the Capitoline Hill and the tower of the Palazzo Senatorio.

Nicola Moorby
May 2008

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