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.

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

Joseph Mallord William Turner

Joseph Mallord William Turner

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