Joseph Mallord William Turner

?The River Tiber outside Rome

1819

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 130 × 255 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16461
Turner Bequest CXC 46 a

Catalogue entry

The subject of this sketch is currently unidentified although it appears to depict a river, probably the Tiber, winding past a building on the left. The building may be the same house depicted in folio 50 (D16471; Turner Bequest CXC 56). Like many drawings within this sketchbook, the composition has been executed over a washed grey background and Turner has created areas of pale highlights by lifting or rubbing through to the white paper beneath.

Nicola Moorby
June 2009

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