Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Study 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 × 262 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05825
Turner Bequest XCIII 34 a

Catalogue entry

For 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), and 28 verso (D05813) for a further series of probable variant sketches of which this is one. Very slight, it is probably the first of a related sequence running to 28 verso, if Turner was working backwards through the book. Finberg suggested that two of these, 32 verso and 33 verso, might represent Diana and Actaeon but it seems more likely that all of them are early ideas for The Goddess of Discord.

David Blayney Brown
October 2007

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

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