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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Peristyle of the House of Pansa, Pompeii 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 12 Recto:
Peristyle of the House of Pansa, Pompeii 1819
Turner Bequest CLXXXV 12
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘9’ within central column
Inscribed by ?John Ruskin in blue ink ‘278’ bottom right and ‘12’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CLXXXV 12’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The subject of this sketch is the ruined peristyle or inner court of the Casa di Pansa (House of Pansa), a large Pompeian residence which occupies an entire block in the west of the city, entered from the Via delle Terme. Turner’s viewpoint looks toward the north-west corner of the sixteen-columned portico surrounding a sunken pool. Some of the columns still have their Ionic capitals. For further sketches and a general discussion of Turner’s visit to Pompeii see the introduction to the sketchbook.

Nicola Moorby
September 2010

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Peristyle of the House of Pansa, Pompeii 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 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-peristyle-of-the-house-of-pansa-pompeii-r1138225, accessed 19 May 2024.