Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Inside Back cover:
Part of the Inscription on the Base of the Column of Marcus Aurelius in Piazza Colonna, Rome; and a Sketch of Mountains 1819
Pencil on white wove paper, 189 x 113 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘[Mala...] | S to D [...]’ bottom centre and also Latin inscription (see main catalogue entry)
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.I, p.567.
Cecilia Powell, ‘Turner on Classic Ground: His Visits to Central and Southern Italy and Related Paintings and Drawings’, unpublished Ph.D thesis, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London 1984, p.431, as ‘Ditto [Part of the inscription on the base of the Column of Marcus Aurelius in Rome]’.
The inscription on this page records the Latin lettering from the eastern face of the base of the column of Marcus Aurelius in Piazza Colonna, Rome.1 Turner’s transcription reads:
S[...] V Pont [...] | Columnam HANC | ABOMNI IMPIETATE | EXPVRGATVM | S PAVLO APOSTOLO | AEVIE EIVS TATVA | INAVRATA INSVMMO | VERTICE POSITADD | AM DLXXXIX PONTI
The original text reads:
SIXTVS V PONT MAX | COLVMNAM HANC | AB OMNI IMPIETATE | EXPVRGATAM | S PAVLO APOSTOLO | AENEA EIVS STATVA | INAVRATA IN SVMMO | VERTICE POSITA DD | A MDLXXXIX PONT IV
For a general description of the Column of Marcus Aurelius and further sketches see folio 87 (D16632).
Also on the page is a rough unidentified sketch of mountainous landscape.
First identified by Powell 1984, p.431.
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