Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Sketches of Grave Altars, at ?Tivoli

1819

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 112 x 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15040
Turner Bequest CLXXIX 61

Catalogue entry

This page appears to contain two rough drawings of antique grave altars. The source is unidentified but the objects were almost certainly seen in Tivoli and probably relate to other sketches of sculptural fragments within this sketchbook, see folios 61 verso–62 verso (D15041–D15043). Turner was fascinated by classical statuary and made numerous studies during his 1819 tour of Italy. The most extensive series can be found within the Vatican Fragments sketchbook (see Tate; Turner Bequest CLXXX).

Nicola Moorby
February 2010

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