Rome: The Tiber with the Aventine on the Left

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