Turner Bequest CLXXX 41
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘41’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CLXXX 41’ bottom right
Cecilia Powell has identified the subject of the top sketch as a relief depicting the Labours of Hercules.1 Today this object can be found in the Gabinetto delle Maschere (Cabinet of Masks).2
Powell has identified the central sketch as representing a Greek votive relief with three figures,3 also from the Gabinetto delle Maschere.4 The drawing is inscribed ‘women’ and is annotated with the number ‘938’.
Powell has also identified the bottom sketch as representing another frieze depicting the Labours of Hercules,5 also from the Gabinetto delle Maschere.6 The drawing is annotated with the number ‘944’.
How to cite
Nicola Moorby, ‘Studies of Sculptural Fragments from the Vatican Museums, Including Two Reliefs depicting the Labours of Hercules and a Votive Relief 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