Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Sarcophagus and a Sculptural Relief with Figures, ?Rome

1819

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 161 × 101 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15112
Turner Bequest CLXXX 4 a

Catalogue entry

Turner made dozens of pencil studies of works of art and antiquities in Rome, particularly in the Vatican and Capitoline Museums, as well as other collections throughout the city. This page contains sketches which appear to depict a sculptural relief of classical figures and a sarcophagus decorated with a wave-like strigil pattern. The source is currently unidentified.

Nicola Moorby
December 2009

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