Joseph Mallord William Turner

Studies of Classical Sculptural Fragments, with Latin Inscriptions

1819

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 197 x 122 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15556
Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 1 a

Catalogue entry

This page contains drawings of classical sculptural fragments decorated with a figurative relief. Turner has transcribed the Latin inscriptions from the objects. The upper text reads ‘TI CAESI DIVI | AGUSTIE DIVI | IVLINAVGVSTO | PONTII MIAXMO.COSIIII | MI PVIITRIBTETAT XXXII | AVGVSTALES | RESPVBLICA | SESTITVIE’, whilst the middle sketch is accompanied by ‘PHILODELPHEA’ and ‘NOS LIBRA A AD GLAVVIDEIA H | MVRIN DELPHI[...]’. The source is unidentified but the artist made numerous similar studies of ancient statues and monuments in Italy, particularly in the Vatican Fragments sketchbook (Tate; Turner Bequest CLXXX).

Nicola Moorby
April 2010

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