Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Birth of Adonis

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: 143 × 228 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05870
Turner Bequest XCIV 18

Catalogue entry

See note to folio 17 of the sketchbook (D05869) for which as Hill suggests this must be an alternative idea. In it, the action is moved to the centre of the composition, the setting is changed from the outskirts of a city to a riverside wood and the transformation of Adonis’s mother Myrrha into a tree seems further advanced.
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David Blayney Brown
December 2007

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