Joseph Mallord William TurnerFigures Struggling Ashore after a Shipwreck: ?Ulysses 1805

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Artist
Title
Figures Struggling Ashore after a Shipwreck: ?Ulysses
From Wey, Guildford Sketchbook
Turner Bequest XCVIII
Date 1805
Dimensionssupport: 117 x 182 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D06189
Turner Bequest XCVIII 7
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 7 Recto:
Figures Struggling Ashore after a Shipwreck: ?Ulysses 1805
D06189
Turner Bequest XCVIII 7
Pen and ink and brown wash on white laid paper, 117 x 182 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘7’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘XCVIII 7’ bottom left, descending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
As in an unidentified landscape composition without figures on folio 6 (D06188), Turner’s imagination seems here to occupy the same classic territory as in other historical/mythological studies in the sketchbook. The suggestion of a shipwreck, possibly involving Ulysses, is David Hill’s and convincing in the light of a study on folio 3 (D06183) of Ulysses’s encounter with Nausica following his shipwreck on her island.

David Blayney Brown
July 2008

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