Joseph Mallord William Turner (English, 1775-1851 Solitude – The Reading Magdalene, c.1808 (Watercolour on off-white wove writing paper. Tate) – In his Liber drawing, Turner shows the half-draped figure looking down at a roughly scratched-out book, with a jar and hourglass at her left elbow; in the published print, the figure looks ahead, the book is lost in shade, the jar moved and the hourglass gone. The deer grazing undisturbed to the left emphasises the contemplative atmosphere…


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