Joseph Mallord William Turner Composition Study: A Classical Landscape c.1805

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Composition Study: A Classical Landscape
Date c.1805
Medium Pen and ink and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 328 x 479 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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Turner's alternative notes for a title for this classical composition incorporate ideas of national pride and independent identity at a time when Greece was enslaved by the Turks. The ironic contrast with modern Greece is implicit, and anticipates Byron's poignant comparisons in 'Childe Harold'.

August 2004

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