Turner in Greece

The Temple of Poseidon at Sunium, c. 1834
Actually England’s greatest painter, whose tireless search for scenes and subjects took him on dozens of prolific painting tours through the Continent, never reached the home of the Gods. This Romantic view of the Temple of Poseidon at “holy Sounion, cape of Athens” is none the worse for having been based on the drawings and descriptions of visitors to the site. The watercolour which resides in the Tate was completed around 1834, perhaps as an expression of sympathy with the newly independent Kingdom of Greece.


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