Joseph Mallord William Turner

St Peter’s and Monte Soratte from the ?Villa Borghese, Rome

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: 113 × 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16520
Turner Bequest CXCI 19

Catalogue entry

This page contains two sketches related to Rome. The upper vista depicts a distant view of St Peter’s, whilst Thomas Ashby identified the lower subject as a view of Mount Soratte (also known as Monte Soracte), a mountain ridge which stands in isolation amidst the countryside approximately twenty-five miles north of the city.1 Turner’s viewpoint may be one of the upper storeys of the Villa Borghese palace, see folio 20 (D16522).

Nicola Moorby
November 2010

1
Thomas Ashby, unpublished notes, Turner Bequest Archive, Tate.

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