Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Tomb of the Plautii, near Tivoli

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: 112 × 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14983
Turner Bequest CLXXIX 31 a

Catalogue entry

The subject of this sketch is the Tomb of the Plautius family (or Tomb of the Plautii), a cylindrical first-century funerary monument of Travertine stone, which stands on the Via Valeria, approximately two miles west of Tivoli. This view shows the structure from the south, at a point near the eastern end of the bridge. Visible on the left are the monumental slabs commemorating the names of the family members buried within. For other studies of the tomb and the adjacent Ponte Lucano see folio 27 verso (D14975).

Nicola Moorby
January 2010

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