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Turner did not exhibit his painting of Apollo and Python at the Royal Academy until 1811 (Tate N00488).1 Here, with the page turned horizontally, the enclosed, brooding setting inspired by Salvator Rosa (1615–1673) is fully imagined, though it was to undergo major modifications before reaching its final form, as was the serpent itself. Apollo himself does not appear here, though Turner sketched a figure that may be an idea for him on folio 36 recto opposite (D04971; Turner Bequest LXXXI 69).
Butlin and Joll 1984, p.82 no.115, pl.119.
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