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Rome: The Tiber with the Aventine on the Left

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Rome: The Tiber with the Aventine on the Left 1794 - 1797

Not on display

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.

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A hand-held board on which a painter lays out and mixes the colours he or she is using. By extension it is used to describe the range of colours employed by an artist.


A transparent layer of diluted ink or watercolour.


A paint with colouring and binding agents diluted with water. It has a transparent quality and is usually applied to paper.

Palette , Wash, Watercolour


  • Acc. No. D 5023.55
  • Medium Blue and brown washes with traces of black chalk on paper
  • Size 27.50 x 48.50 cm (framed: 66.50 x 53.80 cm)
  • Credit Miss Helen Barlow Bequest 1976