Turner Bequest CLXXX 13
Stamped in black ‘CLXXX 13’ bottom left, descending left-hand edge
Cecilia Powell has identified the top sketch as the sarcophagus of a girl,1 in the Galleria Lapidaria (Lapidary Gallery) of the Museo Chiaramonti.2 The object is decorated with sculptural reliefs of nymphs, amorini, and fish, as well as two centaurs bearing a portrait shield.
The subject of the sketch in the bottom left-hand corner is currently unidentified but appears to depict the outline of a grave altar or other funerary monument.
The sketch at the bottom of the page depicts a fragment of a flat piece of marble bearing the design of a mythical beast, part horse and part sea creature, from the collections of the Museo Chiaramonti.3
How to cite
Nicola Moorby, ‘Studies of Sculptural Fragments and Reliefs from the Vatican Museums, Including a Sarcophagus of a Girl 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, November 2009, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www