Joseph Mallord William Turner

Temple of Apollo, 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
D15780
Turner Bequest CLXXXV 23

Catalogue entry

The Temple of Apollo in Pompeii was excavated in 1817, two years before Turner visited the site during a sojourn in Naples.1 This sketch depicts a view of the temple from inside the quadriporticus (colonnaded atrium) looking north towards the altar and the steps leading up to the podium and cella. The statues in the bottom right-hand corner of the composition can now be found in the National Archeological Museum, Naples. Visible in the background to the right is the western edge of the Forum, whilst dominating the distance on the left is the vast silhouette of Vesuvius. For an alternative study of the temple see folio 26 verso (D15787). For further sketches and a general discussion of Turner’s visit to Pompeii see the introduction to the sketchbook.

Nicola Moorby
September 2010

1
Pompeii site number VII.7.32. In many nineteenth-century illustrations the site is known as the Temple of Bacchus.

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