Turner Bequest CLXXI 29 a
Top is a very loose, schematic sketch which appears to depict the Slaughter of the Innocents, 1582–7.1
Ian Warrell has identified the study in the bottom left-hand corner as the Presentation at the Temple (or Circumcision), 1587.2
The details in the bottom right-hand corner are currently unidentified, although they are inscribed ‘Jes’, possibly denoting a biblical subject featuring Jesus. Warrell has tentatively suggested that they represent a copy of the Assumption of the Virgin, 1582–7, also from the lower hall.
How to cite
Nicola Moorby, ‘Copies of Paintings in the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice, including ‘Slaughter of the Innocents’ and ‘Presentation at the Temple’ by Tintoretto 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2010, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www