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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner ?Walls of Pompeii with Distant Mountains 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 11 Verso:
?Walls of Pompeii with Distant Mountains 1819
D15758
Turner Bequest CLXXXV 11 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘Strada | Di Pompei’ within left of sketch
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The subject of this sketch is not conclusively identified although it appears to depict a view of the walls of the archeological site of Pompeii with a distant view of mountains. By the time of Turner’s visit in 1819 the whole circuit of the walls had been ascertained. An inscription on the pillar to the left reads ‘Strada | di Pompei’ (Street of Pompeii).

Nicola Moorby
September 2010

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘?Walls of Pompeii with Distant Mountains 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-walls-of-pompeii-with-distant-mountains-r1138224, accessed 19 May 2024.