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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner ?The River Tiber outside Rome 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 41 Verso:
?The River Tiber outside Rome 1819
Turner Bequest CXC 46 a
Pencil and grey watercolour wash on white wove paper, 130 x 255 mm
Inscribed by an unknown hand in pencil ‘31’ top left, inverted
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The subject of this sketch is currently unidentified although it appears to depict a river, probably the Tiber, winding past a building on the left. The building may be the same house depicted in folio 50 (D16471; Turner Bequest CXC 56). Like many drawings within this sketchbook, the composition has been executed over a washed grey background and Turner has created areas of pale highlights by lifting or rubbing through to the white paper beneath.

Nicola Moorby
June 2009

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘?The River Tiber outside Rome 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 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-the-river-tiber-outside-rome-r1132550, accessed 22 April 2021.