About this artwork

Studies such as this represent Turner’s first engagement with Italian themes, prior to his travels across Europe. They are based on the watercolours of John Robert Cozens, who employed a very subtle palette consisting of grey and blue washes. Turner studied his works in the collection of the physician Dr Thomas Monro (1759-1833), a mentor to a remarkable generation of young painters, including Turner’s great contemporary Thomas Girtin.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Rome: The Tiber with the Aventine on the Left
  • date created:
    1794 - 1797
  • materials:
    Blue and brown washes with traces of black chalk on paper
  • measurements:
    27.50 x 48.50 cm (framed: 66.50 x 53.80 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Miss Helen Barlow Bequest 1976
  • accession number:
    D 5023.55
  • gallery:
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  • subject:
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Joseph Mallord William Turner

Joseph Mallord William Turner