Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketch of a Tomb, Rome

1819

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 161 x 101 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15151
Turner Bequest CLXXX 24

Catalogue entry

This sketch depicts an unidentified tomb or grave altar, from which Turner has transcribed the Latin inscription ‘CVEDENNIVSCE | QUIMODER [?...] TVS.ANTIO| [?mil CE].IN COH.IXPR | INQUA MILIT.ANNVIII | MISSVS.HONESTA [?Missum] | [?Recor...] . IM PEACTEVOR.[?AUS] | ARCITECTARMAMENT.IMP. | EVOC ANNXXIII | DONIS. mill.TARIB DCNAF | [?NISA] BOIVON ESPET | IMPDOMITIA.NOAO.CGERM’. The object may represent one of the numerous sculptural funerary monuments from the Vatican collections.

Nicola Moorby
November 2009

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