Joseph Mallord William Turner

?View outside the City Walls, Rome

1819

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 130 × 255 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16440
Turner Bequest CXC 31

Catalogue entry

The subject of this sketch is not conclusively identified although it appears to depict a view on the outskirts of Rome with the city walls stretching across the left, leading the eye of the viewer towards and the line of snow-covered mountains in the far distance. Like many drawings within this sketchbook, the composition has been executed over a washed grey background, although the roughness of draughtsmanship suggests that it was down with great speed, or possibly from a moving carriage.

Nicola Moorby
June 2009

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