Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Fallen Tree: ?for ‘The Goddess of Discord Choosing the Apple of Contention in the Garden of the Hesperides’

1805

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 171 x 262 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05815
Turner Bequest XCIII 29 a

Catalogue entry

This is perhaps an idea for the fallen tree in the right foreground 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 see especially folio 1 verso of the sketchbook (D05767). The motif is incorporated in the outline of the whole composition on folio 28 verso (D05813) and is explored again, with added black chalk, on folio 3 (D05770).

David Blayney Brown
October 2007

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

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