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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Gate of the Villa Borghese, Rome, on Via Pinciana 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 43 Recto:
Gate of the Villa Borghese, Rome, on Via Pinciana 1819
D16230
Turner Bequest CLXXXVIII 42
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 189 mm
Stamped in black ‘CLXXXVIII 42’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The subject of this sketch is the Portale Villa Burghesia, a seventeenth-century gate on the Via Pinciana, which was formerly the official entrance to the Villa Borghese.1 Built by Flaminio Ponzio in 1609, the structure was moved during the early twentieth century to accommodate the widening of the Via Pinciana. On the left of the sketch is a section of the Aurelian walls which leads east towards the Porta Pinciana, see folio 42 verso (D16229; Turner Bequest CLXXXVIII 41a).

Nicola Moorby
January 2009

1
See photograph prior to the demolition of the old city walls in Beata Di Gaddo, Villa Borghese: Il Giardino e le Architetture, Rome 1985, no.31, p.37.

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Gate of the Villa Borghese, Rome, on Via Pinciana 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 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-gate-of-the-villa-borghese-rome-on-via-pinciana-r1139742, accessed 28 January 2022.