Joseph Mallord William Turner

The River Tiber, near the Fontana dell’Acqua Acetosa, 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: 114 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16226
Turner Bequest CLXXXVIII 40

Catalogue entry

This sketch depicts the countryside on the northern outskirts of Rome with the meandering course of the River Tiber. Turner’s viewpoint looks up-river from the Fontana dell’Acqua Acetosa, a seventeenth-century fountain designed by Andrea Sacchi which still survives today. The tower visible on the left-hand side is possibly the Tor di Quinto, one of a number of towers built in this area of the Campagna by Leo IV (Pope, 847–855 AD) for the protection of the city.1 The panorama continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 40 verso (D16225; Turner Bequest CLXXXVIII 39a). A similar view can be found on folio 40 (D16224; Turner Bequest CLXXXVIII 39).

Nicola Moorby
September 2008

1
Raymond Keaveney, Views of Rome from the Thomas Ashby Collection in the Vatican Library, exhibition catalogue, Smithsonian Institution, Washington 1988, p.232.

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