Joseph Mallord William Turner

View of St Peter’s and the Vatican from the North-West

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
D16168
Turner Bequest CLXXXVIII 6 a

Catalogue entry

Turner’s viewpoint for this sketch of St Peter’s and the Vatican must have been the wooded hill to the north-west of the complex. Beyond the ramparts built into the sloping ground can be seen the River Tiber and, in the far background, the distant line of mountains. Amongst the identifiable landmarks which Turner has included on the level of the horizon is the distinctive façade of the Villa Medici with its two towers.
The view continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 7 (D16169).

Nicola Moorby
September 2008

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