Turner’s inscription reads:
The first painters Polygnotus | and Aglaophon are preferred before the | Zeuxes and Parasius are called the| law giver of proportion first in the | disposition of light but Painting | flourish in the days of Philip | Protogenes for diligence Antiphilus | in facility Theon of Samos for strength and Fantasy Apelles grace | Euphranor artisan Calon Egesias | stiff Calamis Polycletus | diligent decency in Polycletus virtue
Jerrold Ziff ascribes this passage (which he does not transcribe) to Franciscus Junius’s Painting of the Ancients (1638). However, the reading given here, together with the notes on adjacent leaves of the sketchbook (see especially the continuation on the recto, D07736), indicates that Turner’s most direct source was Wotton’s book or quotations from it (see folio 89, D07734). In the original text summarised by Turner, Wotton translated Quintilian’s1 ‘famous passage ... touching the characters of the ancient artizans’ (‘“Primi, ... Polygnotus atque Aglaophon ...”’).