Turner Bequest CCLXXX 97
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘(97’ bottom right
Inscribed by an unknown hand in pencil ‘CCLXXX’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLXXX 97’ bottom right
The Son of God up to a mountain high.
It was a mountain at whose verdant feet
A spacious plain outstretched in circuit wide
Lay pleasant; from his side two rivers flowed,
The one winding, the other straight, and left between
Fair champaign, with less rivers interveined,
Then meeting joined their tribute to the sea.
Fertil of corn the glebe, of oil, and wine;
With herds the pasture thronged, with flocks the hills;
Huge cities and high-towered, that well might seem
The seats of mightiest monarchs; and so large
The prospect was that here and there was room
For barren desert, fountainless and dry.
(John Milton, ‘Paradise Regained’, Book III, lines 251–64)
The support of this work is London Board, a type of artists’ board available from most colourmen.1 The sheet bears a watermark ‘J Whatman | Turkey Mill | 1834’ and a blind embossed stamp ‘SUPERFINE | [arms of city of London] | LONDON BOARD’ bottom left, inverted.
How to cite
Meredith Gamer, ‘Vignette Sketch for ‘The Temptation on the Mountain’, for Milton’s ‘Poetical Works’ c.1834 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2006, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www