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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Distant View of Tivoli, from Ponte Lucano and the Tomb of the Plautii 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 30 Verso:
Distant View of Tivoli, from Ponte Lucano and the Tomb of the Plautii 1819
D14981
Turner Bequest CLXXIX 30 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 112 x 186 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This page represents part of a landscape sketch depicting a view of the Tomb of the Plautius family (or Tomb of the Plautii), a cylindrical first-century funerary monument of Travertine stone, which stands on the Via Valeria, approximately two miles west of Tivoli. The composition continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 31 (D14982), but this side of the drawing shows the Ponte Lucano, the bridge crossing the River Aniene adjacent to the tomb. Visible in the distance is Tivoli, nestled amongst the Sabine Hills in the background. The view, which is taken from the western bank of the river, is repeated in several other sketches, see folio 27 verso (D14975), but here includes greater focus on details such as the masonry of the bridge.

Nicola Moorby
January 2010

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Distant View of Tivoli, from Ponte Lucano and the Tomb of the Plautii 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2010, 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-tivoli-from-ponte-lucano-and-the-tomb-of-the-r1137613, accessed 22 October 2021.