Turner Bequest CLXXX 10 a
Cecilia Powell has identified the three ornamental components within the sketch at the top as details of a capital from the Museo Chiaramonti.1
Powell has furthermore identified the bottom sketch as the Gravestone of T. Fl. Iulius,2 from the Galleria Lapidaria (Lapidary Gallery) of the Museo Chiaramonti.3 Turner has transcribed the Latin inscription from the front of the monument as ‘D M | T. Fl. IVLIO. SESQ. EQSING | AVG. TVR. VLPI. ITALICI.NAT | NORICVS. VA XXX MILA. | XIII T AVRELIVS. VICTORINV | VIXILARIVS. HET. T. FL. FLOREN | TINVS MIL.CO H. X I. VRBANAE.SEC | H AMICO OPTIMO | FAC . CVR’. 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.
How to cite
Nicola Moorby, ‘Studies of Sculptural Fragments and Reliefs from the Vatican Museums, Including an Ornamental Capital and the Gravestone of T. Fl. Iulius 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