J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

Joseph Mallord William Turner Study of a Candelabrum in Sant'Agnese fuori le mura, Rome 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 68 Verso:
Study of a Candelabrum in Sant’Agnese fuori le mura, Rome 1819
D16441
Turner Bequest CXC 31 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 255 x 130 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘[?... F... R...] | [T... Via St ?Galdo]’ top left
Inscribed by an unknown hand in pencil ‘2’ bottom left, ascending left-hand edge and ‘31a’ top right, descending right-hand edge
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This page contains a detailed pencil study of a marble candelabrum found to the left of the altar in the Church of Sant’Agnese fuori le mura on the Via Nomentana in Rome. The candelabrum, which can be compared with a measured drawing by Sir John Soane dating from 1778,1 is decorated with sculptural acanthus leaves.2 Turner also made a sketch of a bust of Christ from the same church, as well as various views of the exterior, see folios 1 and 61 verso (D16399 and D16430; Turner Bequest CXC 5 and 24a).

Nicola Moorby
June 2009

1
Measured drawing of a candelabrum, Church of Sant’Agnese fuori le mura 1778, Sir John Soane’s Museum, London, Volume 42/124, see on-line catalogue http://jeromeonline.co.uk/drawings/index.cfm, accessed June 2009.
2
Touring club italiano, Roma e Dintorni, 6th edition, Milan 1977, p.318.

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Study of a Candelabrum in Sant’Agnese fuori le mura, Rome 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2009, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-study-of-a-candelabrum-in-santagnese-fuori-le-mura-rome-r1132586, accessed 21 October 2014.