Joseph Mallord William Turner

St Peter’s, Rome, from the North-West

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: 114 × 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16173
Turner Bequest CLXXXVIII 9

Catalogue entry

This sketch of St Peter’s is taken from the north-west, possibly from an area of pine wood at the foot of Monte Mario known as the Pineta Sacchetti. To the right of Michelangelo’s famous dome can be seen two towers and part of an ancient wall which marks the western tip of the Vatican complex, see folios 7 and 7a (D16169 and D16170). The view continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 8 verso (D16173).

Nicola Moorby
September 2008

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