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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Inside the Theatre at Herculaneum 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 84 Recto:
Inside the Theatre at Herculaneum 1819
D15892
Turner Bequest CLXXXV 82
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
Inscribed by ?John Ruskin in blue ink ‘278’ top left, inverted and ‘82’ bottom left, inverted
Stamped in black ‘CLXXXV 82’ top left, inverted
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner visited the archaeological site at Herculaneum and made a sequence of sketches of the theatre, accessible through a sequence of underground tunnels. This study depicts a view within one of the passageways near the proscenium (stage). For a fuller description of the theatre see folio 86 (D15896; Turner Bequest CLXXXV 84).

Nicola Moorby
November 2010

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Inside the Theatre at Herculaneum 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, November 2010, 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-inside-the-theatre-at-herculaneum-r1138363, accessed 24 November 2020.