Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study of Antique Statuary, including a Candelabrum; and Two Sketches of Buildings

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: 113 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16639
Turner Bequest CXCI 91

Catalogue entry

The main part of this page is devoted to studies of antique statuary, possibly from the Uffizi in Florence or one of the churches or museums in Rome. The most complete appears to depict a large and ornate marble candelabrum decorated with sculptural reliefs which was designed to hold a Paschal (Easter) candle. A similar object dating from the twelfth century can be found in the Church of San Paolo fuori le mura in Rome. Also on the sheet are two rough sketches of an unidentified Italian piazza and buildings.

Nicola Moorby
February 2011

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