Joseph Mallord William Turner ?Sketches of a Roman Temple Copied from a Bas-Relief, ?Rome 1819

Artwork details

?Sketches of a Roman Temple Copied from a Bas-Relief, ?Rome
From St Peter's Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLXXXVIII
Date 1819
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 114 x 189 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXXVIII 22 a
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Catalogue entry

Finberg catalogued this sketch as a reconstruction of the Temple of Vespasian in the Roman Forum, although it is not clear what led him to this assumption. The details of the entablature do not correspond to the surviving fragments and the scrolls within the capitals have more in common with the Temple of Castor and Pollux. Thomas Ashby however, believed that it was a representation of a temple copied from a bas-relief. 1
The sketch is inverted on the page.

Nicola Moorby
September 2008

Thomas Ashby, unpublished notes, Turner Bequest Archive, Tate.

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