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

Joseph Mallord William Turner View of the Triangular Forum, Pompeii, with the Great Theatre 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 24 Verso:
View of the Triangular Forum, Pompeii, with the Great Theatre 1819
D15783
Turner Bequest CLXXXV 24 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The subject of this sketch is a view looking north-east across the Triangular Forum in Pompeii towards the wall of the Great Theatre and, on the left, the adjacent Samnite Palaestra (gym), a rectangular area used for athletic competitions. A more detailed drawing of a similar prospect can be seen on folio 24 (D15782). For other sketches and a general discussion of Turner’s visit to Pompeii see the introduction to the sketchbook.

Nicola Moorby
October 2010

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘View of the Triangular Forum, Pompeii, with the Great Theatre 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, October 2010, 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-view-of-the-triangular-forum-pompeii-with-the-great-theatre-r1138249, accessed 25 October 2014.