J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner ?Study for 'The Goddess of Discord Choosing the Apple of Contention in the Garden of the Hesperides' 1805

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 33 Verso:
?Study for ‘The Goddess of Discord Choosing the Apple of Contention in the Garden of the Hesperides’ 1805
D05823
Turner Bequest XCIII 33a
Pen and ink on white wove paper, prepared with a grey wash, 171 x 262 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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. Here, there is a standing figure similar to one on folios 31 verso and 32 verso (D05819, D05821) and a preliminary sketch of a related composition, probably the first of this sequence if Turner was working backwards through the book, is on 34 verso (D05825). Finberg suggested that the present sketch and 33 verso might represent Diana and Actaeon but it seems more likely that they too 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).

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘?Study for ‘The Goddess of Discord Choosing the Apple of Contention in the Garden of the Hesperides’ 1805 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, October 2007, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-study-for-the-goddess-of-discord-choosing-the-apple-of-r1130045, accessed 29 January 2020.