Joseph Mallord William TurnerSketches of Classical Relief Fragments 1819

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Artist
Title
Sketches of Classical Relief Fragments
From Route to Rome Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLXXI
Date 1819
MediumPen and ink on paper
Dimensionssupport: 88 x 114 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13920
Turner Bequest CLXXI 32 a
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 32 Verso:
Sketches of Classical Relief Fragments 1819
D13920
Turner Bequest CLXXI 32 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 88 x 114 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘SPQ[?R]’ within sketch top left
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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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