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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner View of Rome from ?San Pietro in Montorio 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 80 Recto:
View of Rome from ?San Pietro in Montorio 1819
Turner Bequest CLXXXII 79
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘[?Ml]’ bottom left and ‘Rome’ bottom right
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘79’ top right and ‘301’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CLXXXII 79’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The details of this sketch are very rough but the proximity of the page to other views of Rome from the Janiculum Hill suggests a similar subject. The composition appears to represent the view looking south towards the River Tiber and the Aventine Hill, possibly from the Church of San Pietro in Montorio (see folio 80 verso, D15449; Turner Bequest CLXXXII 79a). For further sketches from the Janiculum see folio 39 verso–40 (D15369–D15370).

Nicola Moorby
May 2008

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘View of Rome from ?San Pietro in Montorio 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-view-of-rome-from-san-pietro-in-montorio-r1132743, accessed 22 January 2022.