Joseph Mallord William Turner

The River Tiber and the Fontana dell’Acqua Acetosa, near Rome


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 114 × 189 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXXVIII 38

Catalogue entry

This sketch depicts a bend of the River Tiber on the northern outskirts of Rome looking towards the Fontana dell’Acqua Acetosa, a seventeenth-century fountain built about a mile up-river (east) from the Ponte Molle, Rome, see folio 40 verso (D16225; Turner Bequest CLXXXVIII 39a). Turner’s viewpoint appears to be from an area of high ground near the banks of the river, now occupied by the Villa Glori park. Turner made a number of sketches of this part of the Campagna north of Rome, possibly inspired by its associations with Nicolas Poussin and Claude Lorrain, see folio 36 (D16217; Turner Bequest CLXXXVIII 35).
Part of the sketch continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, which also contains two further drawings depicting the same view, see folio 38 verso (D16221).

Nicola Moorby
September 2008

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