"The Wreck of the Minotaur" by J.M.W. Turner
"The Wreck of the Minotaur" from the picture by J.M.W. Turner, R.A., in the possession of Lord Yarborough
This print was issued as an extra supplement to the Illustrated London News, Feb. 24,
1883. Turner's painting is now better known as "The Wreck of a Transport
Ship" and is owned by the Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon. The painting
was completed around 1810 when the Minotaur's wreck was headline news and
feelings were probably running high as a result of the Dutch failing to mount
any rescue attempt. However, earlier sketches for the painting date from
around 1805, so the Minotaur cannot have been the original inspiration for the
composition. Apparently titles of paintings were changed quite frequently.
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