Joseph Mallord William Turner

Aesacus and Hesperie

c.1817–18

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Medium
Etching and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 180 x 257 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08166
Turner Bequest CXVIII L

Display caption

In this unusual sheet, the etching for one of the plates in the Liber Studiorum has been printed over the top of Turner's watercolour. Turner etched some of the plates for this project himself, but it is
not clear why this etching was printed
in this way.

 

This classical subject was assigned to
the category of historical landscape. In Ovid's Metamorphoses, Aesacus was a young man who was turned into a diving bird in order to thwart his attempts to kill himself for the love of Hesperie.

 

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry