Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Walls of Pompeii with Distant Mountains

1819

Not on display
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
D15758
Turner Bequest CLXXXV 11 a

Catalogue entry

The subject of this sketch is not conclusively identified although it appears to depict a view of the walls of the archeological site of Pompeii with a distant view of mountains. By the time of Turner’s visit in 1819 the whole circuit of the walls had been ascertained. An inscription on the pillar to the left reads ‘Strada | di Pompei’ (Street of Pompeii).

Nicola Moorby
September 2010

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