Joseph Mallord William Turner Sketches of Classical Relief Fragments 1819

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Sketches of Classical Relief Fragments
From Route to Rome Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLXXI
Date 1819
Medium Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions Support: 88 x 114 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXI 32 a
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The sketches on this page appear to depict details of relief fragments from classical sculpture, including part of a frieze with a bucranium motif (ox-head), and a sarcophagus decorated with a strigil (wave-like) pattern. The source is unidentified but Turner made numerous studies of a similar nature in Rome, particularly within the Vatican Fragments sketchbook (Tate; Turner Bequest CLXXX).

Nicola Moorby
March 2010

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