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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Rocca dei Borgia, Nepi 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 82 Recto:
The Rocca dei Borgia, Nepi 1819
Turner Bequest CLXXVII 82
Pencil on white wove paper, 110 x 186 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘82’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CLXXVII 82’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
After Civita Castellana, Turner’s route to Rome left the Via Flaminia and led him south-west to Nepi, a town approximately twenty-three miles north of the Eternal City. Nepi’s main landmarks were the eighteenth-century aqueduct, the cathedral, and the subject of this sketch, the fifteenth-century castle, the Rocca dei Borgia. This drawing shows part of the ruined tower of the fortress. On the left-hand side of the page is the continuation of the view from the opposite sheet, see folio 81 verso (D14812).

Nicola Moorby
November 2008

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘The Rocca dei Borgia, Nepi 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, November 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-the-rocca-dei-borgia-nepi-r1138976, accessed 28 September 2021.