Joseph Mallord William Turner

View of the Triangular Forum, Pompeii, with the Great Theatre

1819

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15783
Turner Bequest CLXXXV 24 a

Catalogue entry

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

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