Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study of a Fresco or Relief Fragment, Pompeii; and Part of a View of the Forum, Pompeii

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
D15775
Turner Bequest CLXXXV 20 a

Catalogue entry

The sketches on this page relate to Turner’s exploration of Pompeii. In the top left-hand corner is a study of figures from an unidentified fresco or relief. The details in the bottom right-hand corner meanwhile depict ruins from the western side of the Forum. They represent part of a larger composition found on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 21 (D15776). For further sketches and a general discussion of Turner’s visit to Pompeii see the introduction to the sketchbook.

Nicola Moorby
September 2010

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