Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Imperial Baths, Trier

1824

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 78 × 118 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D19739
Turner Bequest CCXVI 95 a

Catalogue entry

This undeveloped sketch shows part of the ruined bath complex which once belonged to Constantine’s Imperial Palace. Here we see the hollowed vestiges of a vaulted hall with rows of arches, remains which were most likely part of the principal caldarium or hot room.1 The ‘Kaiserthermen’ is recorded again on the folio opposite (Tate D19740; Turner Bequest CCXVI 96) and in a later sketch taken by Turner on his 1839 tour of the Moselle region: see Tate D28247; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVIII 44.

Alice Rylance-Watson
April 2014

1
John Bryan Ward-Perkins, Roman Imperial Architecture, New Haven and London, 1994, p.446.

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