Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Roman Amphitheatre, Lillebonne

?1829

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 107 × 156 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D23782
Turner Bequest CCLIII 43

Catalogue entry

The page contains a sketch, drawn horizontally, of rocky ground and a semi-circular structure at right, identifiable from its shape and previous sketches in the sketchbook as the remains of Lillebonne Roman amphitheatre (for further information see under folio 34 recto; D23764). Finberg noted the subject simply as ‘Distant hills’,1 but the location of Lillebonne has been confirmed.2 The sketch is rough and simple but Turner conveys the general shapes of the amphitheatre at right and its jagged eroded bricks at left.

Caroline South
May 2017

1
Finberg 1909, II, p.769.
2
?Ian Warrell, ‘Turner on the Seine: Topographical Index’, c.1999, Prints and Drawings Room, Tate Britain (printout in copy of Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999), p.3.

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