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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner View of Rome from the Janiculum Hill, Showing St Peter's and the Oak of Torquato Tasso 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 3 Verso:
View of Rome from the Janiculum Hill, Showing St Peter’s and the Oak of Torquato Tasso 1819
D16162
Turner Bequest CLXXXVIII 3 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 189 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This view of Rome is drawn from the Janiculum Hill, a high ridge of ground to the west of the River Tiber which offered sweeping panoramas across the historic centre of the city. Turner’s viewpoint is identifiable by the tree dominating the centre of the sketch. This is the oak of Torquato Tasso, a fabled Roman landmark which stands at the northern tip of the Janiculum. In the left-hand foreground is the curved terraced seating of the Teatro Alla Quercia del Tasso, a small open-air theatre near the tree. Turner made a number of sketches from this position and the prospect seen here with St Peter’s, the Vatican and the Church of Sant’Onofrio al Gianicolo is very similar to the drawing on folios 1 verso–2 (D16158–D16159). The vista continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 4 (D16163). For a discussion of other views from the Janiculum see the entry for folio 2 (D16159).

Nicola Moorby
September 2008

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘View of Rome from the Janiculum Hill, Showing St Peter’s and the Oak of Torquato Tasso 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-view-of-rome-from-the-janiculum-hill-showing-st-peters-and-r1139671, accessed 20 May 2024.