Joseph Mallord William Turner

The River Tiber, Rome, near the Villa Farnesina with St Peter’s in the Distance

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 × 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16211
Turner Bequest CLXXXVIII 30

Catalogue entry

Turner made a large number of drawings with the River Tiber as the central focus. This sketch depicts the view looking upstream with St Peter’s in the distance and the trees and buildings crowning the Janiculum Hill on the left. The river is indicated only as a blank space in the foreground. The artist’s viewpoint appears to be from the Ponte Sisto with the Villa Farnesina on the left bank. The sketch spills over slightly onto the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 30 verso (D16210; Turner Bequest CLXXXVIII 29a).
Verso:
Blank

Nicola Moorby
September 2008

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