Turner Bequest CLXXX 49
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘49’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CLXXX 49’ bottom right
Cecilia Powell has identified the sketches at the top of the page as two variant views of a statuary group of a faun and a nymph.1 Turner has annotated the drawing with the number ‘154’.
Powell has identified the subject of the two central sketches as the Sarcophagus of Endymion and Selene.2 The object can be found in the sixth bay of the Galleria dei Candelabri (Gallery of Candelabra, formerly known as the Galleria delle Miscellanee). Turner has annotated the drawing with the number ‘137’.
The sketch at the bottom of the page represents a marble amphora decorated with a frieze of figures, found in the sixth bay of the Galleria dei Candelabri.3
How to cite
Nicola Moorby, ‘Studies of Sculptural Fragments from the Vatican Museums, Including Two Sketches of a Faun and Nymph, and Two Sketches of the Sarcophagus of Endymion and Selene 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