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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner View of the Great Cascade near Ponte San Rocco, Tivoli 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 3 Recto:
View of the Great Cascade near Ponte San Rocco, Tivoli 1819
D14937
Turner Bequest CLXXIX 3
Pencil on white wove paper, 186 x 112 mm
Inscribed by ?John Ruskin in blue ink ‘3’ top left, ascending left-hand edge
Stamped in black ‘CLXXIX 3’ top right, ascending left-hand edge
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This sketch of Tivoli depicts the view looking south from beneath the so-called Temple of Vesta towards the ‘Grand Cascade’ of the River Aniene. It records the same buildings across the top of the composition as that of the study on the previous page, see folio 2 verso (D14936), although the nearby wooden bridge of San Rocco is absent. Turner has represented the waterfall cascading down the steep drop of the ravine. A more detailed representation can be found in the Tivoli sketchbook (Tate D15494; Turner Bequest CLXXXIII 27).

Nicola Moorby
December 2009

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘View of the Great Cascade near Ponte San Rocco, Tivoli 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, December 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-of-the-great-cascade-near-ponte-san-rocco-tivoli-r1137569, accessed 25 June 2021.