Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ruins of the ?Theatre at Herculaneum

1819

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 × 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15893
Turner Bequest CLXXXV 82 a

Catalogue entry

As Finberg first suggested, the rough sketch on this page relates to Turner’s exploration of the ruins at Herculaneum.1 The details are too schematic to be positively identified but they almost certainly relates to the subterranean passageways leading to the interior of the theatre. For a fuller description and a list of Turner’s on-the-spot studies see folio 86 (D15896; Turner Bequest CLXXXV 84).

Nicola Moorby
November 2010

1
Finberg 1909, p.549.

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