Turner Bequest CLXXX 34 a
Cecilia Powell has identified the three sketches at the top as depicting a table-leg in the form of a lion, found in the collections of the Museo Chiaramonti.1 However, they may also represent three different lion heads from a series found in the Sala degli Animali.2
Powell has identified the inverted sketches at the bottom as depicting a statue of Winter from the Museo Chiaramonti.3 Turner has drawn the object twice from two different angles and has also made a separate study of the face. The large female deity is surrounded by five smaller figures of erotes.
How to cite
Nicola Moorby, ‘Studies of Sculptural Fragments from the Vatican Museums, Including Three Sketches of a Lion and Two Sketches of a Statue of Winter 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