Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study of a Candelabrum in Sant’Agnese fuori le mura, Rome

1819

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 255 x 130 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16441
Turner Bequest CXC 31 a

Catalogue entry

This page contains a detailed pencil study of a marble candelabrum found to the left of the altar in the Church of Sant’Agnese fuori le mura on the Via Nomentana in Rome. The candelabrum, which can be compared with a measured drawing by Sir John Soane dating from 1778,1 is decorated with sculptural acanthus leaves.2 Turner also made a sketch of a bust of Christ from the same church, as well as various views of the exterior, see folios 1 and 61 verso (D16399 and D16430; Turner Bequest CXC 5 and 24a).

Nicola Moorby
June 2009

1
Measured drawing of a candelabrum, Church of Sant’Agnese fuori le mura 1778, Sir John Soane’s Museum, London, Volume 42/124, see on-line catalogue http://jeromeonline.co.uk/drawings/index.cfm, accessed June 2009.
2
Touring club italiano, Roma e Dintorni, 6th edition, Milan 1977, p.318.

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