Joseph Mallord William Turner

Erminia, Guarding Her Flock, Carves Tancred’s Name on a Tree, after Pier Francesco Mola

1802

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 × 128 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D04379
Turner Bequest LXXII 80

Catalogue entry

Turner turned the sketchbook to landscape format to make this drawing. His subject is one of two pictures by Mola illustrating Torquato Tasso’s Gerusalemme Liberata (1581), which, though not painted as companions being of different sizes and acquired by Louis XIV at different times and from different sources, must have been hanging together in 1802. See folio 79 of this sketchbook (D04378) for Turner’s copy of the other work; folio 18 (D04294) for his copy of Mola’s St John the Baptist Preaching; and the France, Savoy, Piedmont sketchbook (Tate D04394, Turner Bequest LXXIII 2) for his copy of the painter’s Vision of St Bruno.
Verso:
Blank

David Blayney Brown
July 2005

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