Turner Bequest CLXXX 7
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘7’ bottom left, descending left hand edge
Stamped in black ‘CLXXX 7’ bottom left, descending left hand edge
Cecilia Powell has identified the largest sketch on the page as depicting the sarcophagus of M. Sulpicius Pylades,1 found in the Galleria Lapidaria (Lapidary Gallery) of the Museo Chiaramonti.2 Turner has recorded the Latin inscriptions from the object as ‘DM | M SYL’ at the top, and ‘PICUS | LADIS’ within the shield. The first part translates as ‘D[is] M[anibus]’, ‘To the spirits of the departed’, and is a common phrase found on Roman funerary monuments.
The sketch in the bottom left-hand corner appears to depict part of an unidentified funerary altar.
The bottom centre sketch represents the top of another unidentified funerary altar
In the bottom right-hand corner, parallel with the bottom of the page, is an unidentified monument which Turner has inscribed with an indecipherable annotation ‘[...?nide] and [?Lo...].
How to cite
Nicola Moorby, ‘Studies of Sculptural Fragments and Reliefs from the Vatican Museums, Including the Sarcophagus of M. Sulpicius Pylades 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