Turner Bequest CLXXX 48 a
The subject of the rough sketch in the top left-hand corner appears to be a sculpture of a forked tree supporting nests filled with the figures of children. This object is found in the first bay of the Galleria dei Candelabri (Gallery of Candelabra, formerly known as the Galleria delle Miscellanee).1 The drawing is annotated with the number ‘1430’.
The subject of the two sketches in the top right-hand corner appears to be variant views of the entwined figures of children from a sculpture of a tree supporting a nest.2 Like the object above (see a.), it is found in the first bay of the Galleria dei Candelabri. The drawing is annotated with the number ‘535’.
The second sketch from the top appears to depict a sculptural fragment, probably the base of a candelabra, adorned with a portrait medallion. The source is currently unidentified. The drawing is annotated with part of a Latin inscription ‘SOLI V’, as well as the number ‘1375’.
Finberg first identified the subject of the sketch second from the bottom as a statue group with a satyr and faun.3 The object, known today as a Satyr removing a thorn from the foot of Pan, is found in the second bay of the Galleria dei Candelabri.4 The drawing is annotated with the number ‘1383’.
Cecilia Powell identified the subject of the bottom sketch as three Silenuses supporting a cup or fountain.5 The object is found in the second bay of the Galleria dei Candelabri.6
How to cite
Nicola Moorby, ‘Studies of Sculptural Fragments from the Vatican Museums, Including a Statue Group of a Satyr and a Faun, and Silenuses Supporting a Fountain 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