Joseph Mallord William TurnerStudy for a Historical Subject 1805

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Artist
Title
Study for a Historical Subject
From Hesperides (1) Sketchbook
Turner Bequest XCIII
Date 1805
MediumPen and ink on paper
Dimensionssupport: 171 x 262 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05817
Turner Bequest XCIII 30 a
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 30 Verso:
Study for a Historical Subject 1805
D05817
Turner Bequest XCIII 30a
Pen and ink on white wove paper, prepared with a grey wash, 171 x 262 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Although it falls in a sequence of sketches from 28 verso of the sketchbook (D05813) probably exploring the background or landscape motifs of The Goddess of Discord Choosing the Apple of Contention in the Garden of the Hesperides exhibited at the British Institution in 1806 (Tate N00477),1 this seems unrelated and is not otherwise identifiable. There may be some connection with the composition and figures sketched on folios 32 verso and 33 verso (D05821, D05823) which have also been associated with Diana and Actaeon.

David Blayney Brown
October 2007

1
Butlin and Joll 1984, pp.44–6 no.57 (pl.67).

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