Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Portico of Octavia with the Fish-market, Rome

1819

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16246
Turner Bequest CLXXXVIII 50 a

Catalogue entry

The main sketch on this page depicts the Roman remains of the Portico of Octavia with the city’s main fish-market underneath. Turner appears to have been fascinated with the various exotic shapes and colours of the fish on display, only some of which he could identify by name. Additionally, on the right-hand side the artist has also drawn a detail of the left-hand side of the structure with the surviving original columns. For a full discussion see folio 51 (D16245; Turner Bequest CLXXXVIII 50). There is also a related drawing on folio 52 (D16247; Turner Bequest CLXXXVIII 51).

Nicola Moorby
September 2008

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