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 the Castel Sant'Angelo and the Church of San Giovanni dei Fiorentini 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 4 Recto:
View of Rome from the Janiculum Hill, Showing the Castel Sant’Angelo and the Church of San Giovanni dei Fiorentini 1819
D16163
Turner Bequest CLXXXVIII 4
Pencil on white wove paper, 114 x 189 mm
Stamped in black ‘CLXXXVIII 4’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This view of Rome shows the city from the Janiculum Hill, a high ridge of ground to the west of the River Tiber which offers sweeping panoramas across the historical centre. Turner’s viewpoint is the northern tip of the hill near the oak of Torquato Tasso. He made a number of sketches from this position and the prospect seen here with the distant line of mountains, the Castel Sant’Angelo on the left and the dome of San Giovanni dei Fiorentini in the centre foreground is very similar to that on folio 2 (D16159). The vista continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 3 verso (D16162). 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 the Castel Sant’Angelo and the Church of San Giovanni dei Fiorentini 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-the-castel-r1139672, accessed 27 May 2024.