Turner Bequest CLXXX 38 a
Cecilia Powell has identified the subject of the two sketches at the top as a statue of a reclining nymph.1 Today the object is found in the East Portico of the Cortile Ottagono (also known as the Cortile Ottagonale, formerly the Cortile del Belvedere) in the Museo Pio-Clementino.2 Turner has annotated the drawing ‘321’ which presumably relates to an exhibit number displayed on the work. However, it does not appear to correspond to any known lists published within contemporary guide books or catalogues of the Vatican collections.
Powell has further identified the sketches at the bottom of the page as dancing figures from a relief depicting the Dance of Bacchus which adorns a large sarcophagus in the Museo Pio-Clementino.3 The figures are from the left-hand end of the object.4 Other details from the monument can be seen on folio 40 (D15180; Turner Bequest CLXXX 39). Today the object can be found in the East Portico of the Cortile Ottagono.5
How to cite
Nicola Moorby, ‘Studies of Sculptural Fragments from the Vatican Museums, Including Two Sketches of a Reclining Nymph and Four Figures from a Sarcophagus Depicting the Dance of Bacchus 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