Turner Bequest CLXXX 50
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘50’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CLXXX 50’ bottom right
The sketch on the top left-hand side depicts a marble candelabrum on a triangular base decorated with lions’ feet. The shaft is decorated with sculptural reliefs of birds, heads and leaves. The object can be found in the fifth bay of the Galleria dei Candelabri (Gallery of Candelabra, formerly the Galleria dei Miscellanee).1 Turner has annotated the drawing ‘1372’ 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.
Cecilia Powell has identified the subject of the second sketch at the top as a marble candelabrum on a triangular base with lion’s feet.2 The vertical shaft of the candelabrum is decorated with a twisting spiral pattern and has a pair of turtle doves fixed on the side. Each side of the base has a figure of a divinity in bas-relief. The object can be found in the fifth bay of the Galleria dei Candelabri.3
On the right-hand side near the top of the page is a sketch of a broad two-handled bowl, also found in the Galleria dei Candelabri.4
The subject of the sketch at the bottom of the page is currently unidentified although the visible detail of a wild boar suggests that it may depict part of a relief from a white marble vase representing the chase of various animals.5 This object is found in the fifth bay of the Galleria dei Candelabri.
How to cite
Nicola Moorby, ‘Studies of Sculptural Fragments from the Vatican Museums, Including Two Candelabra 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