Joseph Mallord William TurnerView of the Porta Ercolano, Pompeii, with the Tomb of Mamia on the Via dei Sepolcri 1819

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Title
View of the Porta Ercolano, Pompeii, with the Tomb of Mamia on the Via dei Sepolcri
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
D15754
Turner Bequest CLXXXV 9 a
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 9 Verso:
View of the Porta Ercolano, Pompeii, with the Tomb of Mamia on the Via dei Sepolcri 1819
D15754
Turner Bequest CLXXXV 9 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Despite the rough nature of this sketch the subject can clearly be identified as a view of the Via dei Sepolcri (Street of the Tombs) in Pompeii. Turner’s viewpoint is at the top of the street with the Porta Ercolano (Herculaneum Gate) on the left, looking south towards the Tomb of Mamia and other ruins. In the distance are the rugged peaks of Monte Faito, part of the Sorrentine peninsula.
For further sketches of the Via dei Sepolcri see folios 5–8, 9, 10 (D15747–D15751, D15753, D15755). For a general discussion of Turner’s visit to Pompeii see the introduction to the sketchbook.

Nicola Moorby
September 2010

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