Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study of a Waterfall, Tivoli

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: 253 x 200 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15492
Turner Bequest CLXXXIII 25

Catalogue entry

One of the greatest natural spectacles at Tivoli was the multitude of waterfalls caused by the waters of the River Aniene plunging into the valley to the north of the town. This page contains a rough, swiftly drawn of one of these cascades. Part of the town is visible at the edge of the slopes above. Turner has used free looping lines to suggest the streaming weight of water dropping from a great height.
Verso:
Blank, except for grey watercolour wash

Nicola Moorby
February 2010

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