Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Study for ‘The Goddess of Discord Choosing the Apple of Contention in the Garden of the Hesperides’


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Pen and ink on paper
Support: 171 × 262 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XCIII 28 a

Catalogue entry

Finberg identified this as a study for Apollo and Python exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1811 but perhaps painted earlier (Tate N00488).1 Butlin and Joll note its difference from the picture and Hill finds little to uphold the connection. Instead, this might be an early idea for part of the landscape setting 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),2 for which there are studies near the beginning of the sketchbook (see especially folio 1 verso, D05767) and probably also variant ideas on folios 29 verso, 30, 31, 31 verso, 32 verso, 33 verso and 34 verso (D05815, D05816, D05818, D05819, D05821, D05823, D05825). The right foreground of this sketch, with the motif of a fallen tree, is explored again on 29 verso and, with the addition of black chalk, on folio 3 (D05770).

David Blayney Brown
October 2007

Butlin and Joll 1984, p.82 no.115 (pl.119).
Butlin and Joll 1984, pp.44–6 no.57 (pl.67).

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