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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner St Peter's, Rome, from the North-West 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 9 Recto:
St Peter’s, Rome, from the North-West 1819
Turner Bequest CLXXXVIII 9
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 189 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘9’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CLXXXVIII 9’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This sketch of St Peter’s is taken from the north-west, possibly from an area of pine wood at the foot of Monte Mario known as the Pineta Sacchetti. To the right of Michelangelo’s famous dome can be seen two towers and part of an ancient wall which marks the western tip of the Vatican complex, see folios 7 and 7a (D16169 and D16170). The view continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 8 verso (D16173).

Nicola Moorby
September 2008

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘St Peter’s, Rome, from the North-West 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 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-st-peters-rome-from-the-north-west-r1139682, accessed 28 May 2024.