Joseph Mallord William Turner

View of the Forum, Pompeii, Seen Through the So-Called Arch of Tiberius

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
D15779
Turner Bequest CLXXXV 22 a

Catalogue entry

This study depicts a view of the Temple of Jupiter and the Forum in Pompeii seen through the archway at the north-east corner, tentatively attributed to Tiberius. Turner is standing on the Via degli Augustali facing the north side of the arch which is only faintly sketched in. To the left are the ruins of a row shops near the Macellum (Public Market). For further sketches of the Forum see folio 21 verso (D15777) and 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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