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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Studies of Sculptural Fragments from the Vatican Museums, Including a Pedestal and a Statue 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 18 Verso:
Studies of Sculptural Fragments from the Vatican Museums, Including a Pedestal and a Statue 1819
D15138
Turner Bequest CLXXX 17 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 161 x 101 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘17’ within sketch of pedestal
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
During his 1819 stay in Rome, one of Turner’s most extensive sketching campaigns was the large number of pencil studies made from the sculpture collections of the Vatican Museums (for a general discussion, see the introduction to the sketchbook). This page contains sketches of two unidentified objects: a pedestal base bearing a statue; and a sculpture of a classical draped figure. Turner has annotated the pedestal ‘17’ which presumably relates to an exhibit number displayed on the work. However, it does not appear to correspond to any known lists published within contemporary guide books or catalogues of the Vatican collections.

Nicola Moorby
November 2009

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Studies of Sculptural Fragments from the Vatican Museums, Including a Pedestal and a Statue 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.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-studies-of-sculptural-fragments-from-the-vatican-museums-r1139550, accessed 04 December 2021.