Turner Bequest CLXXX 11 a
The head of a lion from an unidentified source.
The second sketch from the top appears to depict an unidentified sarcophagus decorated with a relief of figures within an arcade and set upon a base ornamented with griffins.
Cecilia Powell has identified this sketch as a sarcophagus of a boy,1 from the Galleria Lapidaria (Lapidary Gallery) of the Museo Chiaramonti.2
The bottom sketch appears to depict a fragment of sculptural relief, decorated with figures and a stylised leaf motif. The object is currently unidentified.
How to cite
Nicola Moorby, ‘Studies of Sculptural Fragments and Reliefs from the Vatican Museums, Including the Sarcophagus of a Boy 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