Turner Bequest CLXXX 8
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘8’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CLXXX 8’ bottom right
Cecilia Powell has identified this sketch as the tombstone of A. Antestius and his family,1 from the Galleria Lapidaria (Lapidary Gallery) of the Museo Chiaramonti.2 Turner has transcribed the object’s Latin inscriptions as ‘A. ANTESTIVS AAL | SALVIVS’ and ‘ANTIOCHVS RVFA AL NICIA’.
An unidentified funerary altar.
Another unidentified funerary altar inscribed ‘[?SVD | SAIVRWV ...].
In the bottom right-hand corner is an unidentified tombstone fragment. Turner has transcribed the extensive Latin text from the front of the object as ‘D | PVBLICO | LENTVLO | [?DECVRIA] VM | VASCVLARIO | PDVRDENVSEROS | FRATRIOPTVMO | PATRONO | INDOISENTISSIMO | OPTVME DFSEMERITO’.
How to cite
Nicola Moorby, ‘Studies of Funerary Monuments from the Vatican Museums, Including the Tombstone of A. Antestius and his Family 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, November 2009, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www