J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Fragments of Sculpture, ?Rome; and a Landscape with a Ruin 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 4 Recto:
Fragments of Sculpture, ?Rome; and a Landscape with a Ruin 1819
D15111
Turner Bequest CLXXX 4
Pencil on white wove paper, 161 x 101 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘[?pale Chiesa]’ underneath sketch top right
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘4’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CLXXX 4’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner made dozens of pencil studies of works of art and antiquities in Rome, particularly in the Vatican and Capitoline Museums, as well as other collections throughout the city. This page contains several sketches of sculptural and architectural fragments although the source is currently unidentified.
At the bottom of the sheet is an inverted landscape sketch of an unidentified landmark. It appears to depict a square-shaped ruin with distant mountains.

Nicola Moorby
December 2009

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Fragments of Sculpture, ?Rome; and a Landscape with a Ruin 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, December 2009, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-fragments-of-sculpture-rome-and-a-landscape-with-a-ruin-r1139522, accessed 28 November 2021.