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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Temple of Jupiter, Pompeii, Looking Towards the Southern End of the Forum 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 22 Recto:
The Temple of Jupiter, Pompeii, Looking Towards the Southern End of the Forum 1819
D15778
Turner Bequest CLXXXV 22
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
Inscribed by ?John Ruskin in blue ink ‘278’ bottom right and ‘22’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CLXXXV 22’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
At the time of Turner’s visit to Pompeii, one of the most impressive and recently excavated areas was the Forum. The artist made a number of studies of this part of the site from a number of different angles, see folios 12 verso–15, 20 verso–21, 22 verso, 23 verso (D15760–D15764, D15775–D15776, D15779, D15781). This sketch depicts the eastern exterior wall of the Temple of Jupiter at the northern end. The composition continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread with the view looking south towards the other end of the Forum and the Basilica, see folio 21 verso (D15777).
For further sketches and a general discussion of Turner’s visit to Pompeii see the introduction to the sketchbook.

Nicola Moorby
September 2010

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘The Temple of Jupiter, Pompeii, Looking Towards the Southern End of the Forum 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2010, 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-the-temple-of-jupiter-pompeii-looking-towards-the-southern-r1138244, accessed 17 January 2022.