Joseph Mallord William Turner

Studies of Arabesques, ?Rome

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
D16515
Turner Bequest CXCI 16 a

Catalogue entry

This page appears to contain rough studies of arabesque and grotesque decorations, probably copied from a painted Roman interior. Compare for example the lowest line of detail with the repeated garland motif on the wall of the left-hand side of Turner’s famous oil painting, Rome, from the Vatican exhibited 1820 (Tate, N00503).1

Nicola Moorby
February 2009

1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, no.228.

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