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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner View Looking North-West from Monte Testaccio, Rome, with the Distant Dome of St Peter's 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 8 Verso:
View Looking North-West from Monte Testaccio, Rome, with the Distant Dome of St Peter’s 1819
D16499
Turner Bequest CXCI 8 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner made a series of drawings from the high vantage point of Monte Testaccio, an artificial hill in southern Rome constructed from a Roman pottery dump, see folios 6 verso–8 verso (D16495–D16499). This sketch records the view looking north-west. Identifiable landmarks include, from left to right: the Janiculum Hill with the distant dome of St Peter’s beyond; the Church of San Pietro in Montorio; Monte Mario in the far distance; the Castel Sant’Angelo; and the two domes of the Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa Maria in Montesanto in the Piazza del Popolo. In the left-hand foreground is a surviving section of the Aurelian walls which during the early nineteenth century still ran from the Porta San Paolo to the River Tiber. A small part of the drawing spills over onto the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 9 (D16500). A similar view from the opposite bank of the river can be found in the St Peter’s sketchbook (Tate D16252; Turner Bequest CLXXXVIII 53a).

Nicola Moorby
February 2009

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘View Looking North-West from Monte Testaccio, Rome, with the Distant Dome of St Peter’s 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 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-view-looking-north-west-from-monte-testaccio-rome-with-the-r1138392, accessed 19 May 2022.