Rome was considered by artists, patrons and
connoisseurs to be the artistic capital of Europe. Thomas Lawrence wrote to fellow artist Joseph Farington in 1819, ‘Turner should come to Rome. His Genius would here be supplied with new Materials and entirely congenial with it.’
This is one of many sketches Turner made during his first stay in Rome, in 1819. After his return he used his sketches as the basis for major oil , two of which are included in the current display: The Bay of Baiae (shown in this room) and Forum Romanum,
for Mr Soane’s Museum (shown in room 41)
Gallery label, September 2004
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