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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Sketches in Rome: a Palm Tree; Arches; and the Capitoline Hill 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 44 Recto:
Sketches in Rome: a Palm Tree; Arches; and the Capitoline Hill 1819
D15378
Turner Bequest CLXXXII 44
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘44’ top right and ‘301’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CLXXXII 44’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This page contains three separate drawn elements. Firstly the leaf details along the edge nearest the spine of the sketchbook which represent the top of the sketch of the palm tree on the opposite page, see folio 43 verso (D15377). Secondly, in the centre there is a very faint inverted outline of a series of arches, possibly a bridge or an aqueduct. Finally, the sketch of buildings in the top right-hand corner is a continuation of the panorama on a previous page. Turner has pulled the sheet up, see folio 43 (D15376), and extended the view of the River Tiber and the Ponte Rotto onto the underlying page, allowing him to include the Capitoline Hill and the tower of the Palazzo Senatorio.

Nicola Moorby
May 2008

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Sketches in Rome: a Palm Tree; Arches; and the Capitoline Hill 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 2008, 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-sketches-in-rome-a-palm-tree-arches-and-the-capitoline-hill-r1132673, accessed 25 February 2021.