Joseph Mallord William Turner

View of the Via Appia between Tor Tre Ponti and 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 x 197 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15584
Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 15 a

Catalogue entry

The subject of this sketch is the straight section of the Via Appia known as ‘La Fettuccia’ (‘The Ribbon’), which runs through the Pontine marshes for thirty miles to Terracina and formed part of Turner’s journey south between Rome and Naples. The road was described by a contemporary author as being lined on either side with poplar and elm trees, see folio15 (D15583). In the distance can be seen the line of the Monti Lipini (also known as the Volscian Mountains). The sculptural feature in the bottom right-hand corner may represent an ancient milestone or other Roman fragment.

Nicola Moorby
April 2010

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