Joseph Mallord William Turner

Commentary on Domenichino’s ‘Combat of Hercules and Achelous’ (Inscription by Turner)

1802

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 128 x 114 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04373
Turner Bequest LXXII 76 a

Catalogue entry

For Domenichino’s picture and Turner’s copy see folio 77 of this sketchbook (D04374).
Turner’s comments here read:
The Companion | Hercules fighting with Achelous | poor as to composition and effect | the light fritter’d by the large tree unfor | tunate as to form upon the whole | a very poor specimen of Domenichio | talents yet there is a good tone | of daylight and | the figures are introduced | with spirit and are of great value to | the picture.

David Blayney Brown
July 2005

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