Turner Bequest CXCIII 81
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘81’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CXCIII 81’ bottom right
The top sketch depicts Landscape with the Nymph Egeria Mourning Over Numa, 1669 (Museo Nazionale, Capodimonte, Naples).2 Turner has inscribed the study ‘Naples’ indicating the location of the original painting. However he would have made this sketch after a copy of the picture in the Palazzo Pallavicini.3
The central sketch represents Landscape with Bacchus at the Palace of the Dead Staphylus, 1672 (Collection Pallavicini, Rome).4 This picture had recently belonged to the Colonna family, hence Turner’s inscription ‘Colonna’ beneath his drawing.
The bottom sketch is a copy of Coast View with Mercury and Aglauros, 1643 (Collection Pallavicini, Rome).5 Turner has annotated the study ‘Blue’ to indicate the bright splash of colour in the foreground.
How to cite
Nicola Moorby, ‘Sketches of Three Paintings by Claude in the Palazzo Pallavicini-Rospigliosi, Rome 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2011, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www