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Ruins of a Temple near Baia

circa 1819
19th century
28.7 cm x 37.8 cm (11 5/16 in. x 14 7/8 in.)

Joseph Mallord William Turner (London, 1775 - 1851, Chelsea, England) Primary

Object Type: drawing
Artist Nationality: Europe, English
Medium and Support: Watercolor
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Archer M. Huntington Museum Fund, 1987
Accession Number: 1987.43

Classical ruins reclaimed by nature was a common romantic subject during the decades surrounding 1800. In 1819, after completing the Liber Studiorum (see case), Turner visited Italy for the first time and returned every few years after that. Baia is a site on the Bay of Naples made popular by the many tourist guides to Italy published at this time.

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