Joseph Mallord William TurnerVesuvius, Seen from the Ruins of Pompeii with the Forum 1819

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Artist
Title
Vesuvius, Seen from the Ruins of Pompeii with the Forum
From Pompeii, Amalfi, &c., Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLXXXV
Date 1819
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 113 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15781
Turner Bequest CLXXXV 23 a
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 23 Verso:
Vesuvius, Seen from the Ruins of Pompeii with the Forum 1819
D15781
Turner Bequest CLXXXV 23 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This distant view of Vesuvius rising above the ruins of Pompeii was drawn from a location on the Via delle Scuole near the southern perimeter of the city walls, looking north towards the recently excavated Forum. Turner’s sketch suggests that the area in the left-hand foreground was as yet uncovered but visible in the central middle distance is the Temple of Jupiter, flanked on either side by the Arch of Augustus (left) and the so-called Arch of Tiberius (right). In the top right-hand corner of the page is a separate study of the volcano with its smoking crater. For further views of the Forum see folio 21 (D15776). For other sketches and a general discussion of Turner’s visit to Pompeii see the introduction to the sketchbook.

Nicola Moorby
September 2010

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