J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Distant View of Rome from the South, with San Paolo fuori le mura 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 12 Recto:
Distant View of Rome from the South, with San Paolo fuori le mura 1819
D16506
Turner Bequest CXCI 12
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
Inscribed by ?John Ruskin in red ink ‘12’ bottom right [very faint]
Stamped in black ‘CXCI 12’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Following a systematic exploration of the eastern bank of the River Tiber from the Isola Tiberina to the outskirts of Rome, Turner made a series of panoramic drawings from San Paolo fuori le mura, the basilica church situated outside of the ancient city walls, approximately one mile south of the Porta San Paolo, see folios 10 verso–12 and 13 verso–14 (D16503–D16506 and D16509–D16510). This distant view of the city is taken from a point south of the cathedral, part of the façade of which can be seen in the centre. The building in the foreground on the left may represent Santa Passera, a small church which lies directly opposite San Paolo fuori le mura, on the other side of the river. Other recognisable landmarks include, from left to right: the distant dome of St Peter’s; the Janiculum Hill with the Church of San Pietro in Montorio; the Capitoline Hill with the tower of the Campidoglio; and the top of the Pyramid of Cestius. A similar prospect can be seen on folios 10 verso–11 and 13 verso–14 (D16503–D16504 and D16509–D16510).

Nicola Moorby
February 2009

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Distant View of Rome from the South, with San Paolo fuori le mura 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 2009, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-distant-view-of-rome-from-the-south-with-san-paolo-fuori-le-r1138399, accessed 19 May 2022.