Joseph Mallord William Turner

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

1805

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 171 x 262 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05816
Turner Bequest XCIII 30

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. Although very rough, it appears to set out a version of the left of the composition. The trees are reminiscent of those drawn by Turner during his Alpine tour in 1802. The same group of trees, sketched with similarly bold and decisive hatching, appears on the left of 28 verso.

David Blayney Brown
October 2007

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

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