Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketches of the Ruins at Herculaneum, Including an Arched Doorway

1819

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15887
Turner Bequest CLXXXV 79

Catalogue entry

The sketches on this page relate to Turner’s exploration of the archaeological remains at Herculaneum.1 Like all of his studies of the site, the drawings are very rough and appear to have been executed in near-darkness. The details in the top half of the page are too schematic to be identified but clearly visible in the lower half is an arched doorway flanked by pilasters with a staircase beyond.
For a fuller description of Herculaneum and Turner’s on-the-spot sketches see folio 86 (D15896; Turner Bequest CLXXXV 84).
1
See 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Powell, ‘Turner on Classic Ground: His Visits to Central and Southern Italy and Related Paintings and Drawings’, unpublished Ph.D thesis, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London 1984, p.187, and Cecilia Powell, Turner in the South: Rome, Naples, Florence, New Haven and London 1987, pp.82–3.
Verso:
Blank

Nicola Moorby
November 2010

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