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During his 1819 stay in Rome, one of Turner’s most extensive sketching campaigns was the large number of pencil studies made from the sculpture collections of the Vatican Museums (for a general discussion, see the introduction to the sketchbook). Cecilia Powell has identified the subject of this sketch as a torso,1 mounted on a base with an inscription dedicated to Q. Plotius Romanus.2 Turner has transcribed the full Latin text which reads ‘Q.PLOTIO.Q.FIL | QVIR.ROMANO | EQVOPIBLIO.EXORNO| A IVO.NADRIANO | AFD.FLM.ROM,ET.AUG A FLAMINI DIVI. TITI | HVICDEGRIONES | STATVM. PVBLICEONEND | De CRENERANT | PLOTIVS NIGER . PATER HONORI . VSVS | DESVO.POS.VIT.L B . D D’. The monument can be found in the Galleria Lapidaria (Lapidary Gallery) of the Museo Chiaramonti.
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