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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Studies of Classical Sculptural Fragments, with Latin Inscriptions 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 1 Verso:
Studies of Classical Sculptural Fragments, with Latin Inscriptions 1819
D15556
Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 1 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 197 x 122 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil with Latin inscriptions (see main catalogue entry)
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This page contains drawings of classical sculptural fragments decorated with a figurative relief. Turner has transcribed the Latin inscriptions from the objects. The upper text reads ‘TI CAESI DIVI | AGUSTIE DIVI | IVLINAVGVSTO | PONTII MIAXMO.COSIIII | MI PVIITRIBTETAT XXXII | AVGVSTALES | RESPVBLICA | SESTITVIE’, whilst the middle sketch is accompanied by ‘PHILODELPHEA’ and ‘NOS LIBRA A AD GLAVVIDEIA H | MVRIN DELPHI[...]’. The source is unidentified but the artist made numerous similar studies of ancient statues and monuments in Italy, particularly in the Vatican Fragments sketchbook (Tate; Turner Bequest CLXXX).

Nicola Moorby
April 2010

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Studies of Classical Sculptural Fragments, with Latin Inscriptions 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 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-studies-of-classical-sculptural-fragments-with-latin-r1138018, accessed 18 May 2024.