Joseph Mallord William Turner

View of Rome from the Gardens of the Villa Barberini


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 229 × 368 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXXIX 34

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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 paintings, 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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