J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

Joseph Mallord William Turner Study for 'The Goddess of Discord Choosing the Apple of Contention in the Garden of the Hesperides' 1805

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 8 Recto:
Study for ‘The Goddess of Discord Choosing the Apple of Contention in the Garden of the Hesperides’ 1805
D05779
Turner Bequest XCIII 8
Pencil, black and possibly some white chalk on white wove paper, prepared with a grey wash, 171 x 262 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘8’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘XCIII 8’ bottom left, descending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
See note to folio 1 verso of the sketchbook (D05767) for its various sketches and studies related to 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 Here Turner sets out an alternative idea for the composition including the dragon on a rock drawn on folio 3 (D05770). His experiments continue on the verso (D05780) and on folios 9–10 (D05781–D05783).

David Blayney Brown
October 2007

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

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Study for ‘The Goddess of Discord Choosing the Apple of Contention in the Garden of the Hesperides’ 1805 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, October 2007, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-study-for-the-goddess-of-discord-choosing-the-apple-of-r1130000, accessed 22 December 2014.