Joseph Mallord William Turner

View of the Via Appia Approaching Terracina

1819

Not on display

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
D15586
Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 16 a

Catalogue entry

Turner’s southward journey between Rome and Naples took him along a particularly straight section of the Via Appia known as the ‘La Fettuccia’ (‘The Ribbon’) which runs for thirty miles through the Pontine marshes between Tor Tre Ponti and Terracina. According to a contemporary account, the road was lined on both sides with poplars and elms and was bordered on the eastern side by the Monti Lipini (also known as the Volscian Mountains), see folio 15 (D15583). This sketch appears to depict a view of the road looking east, possibly towards the steep cliff known as Rupe di Leano, just north of Terracina.

Nicola Moorby
April 2010

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