Joseph Mallord William Turner

View of the Via Appia Approaching Terracina

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: 122 × 197 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15585
Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 16

Catalogue entry

The sharp, receding perspective of the tree-lined road in this sketch indicates that it is a view of a particularly straight section of the Via Appia known as ‘La Fettuccia’ (‘The Ribbon’), which runs for thirty miles through the Pontine marshes and formed part of Turner’s journey south between Rome and Naples. Visible on the left-hand side of the road is the steep cliff known as the Rupe di Leano from the approach towards Terracina, whilst on the right is the distinctive promontory of Monte Circeo. For a contemporary description of the landscape see folio 15 (D15583).

Nicola Moorby
April 2010

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